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Police: Woman tried to kidnap virtual boyfriend

Posted August 22, 2008
Updated August 26, 2008

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— A Durham woman was arrested Thursday on charges she tried to kidnap a man with whom she had a virtual relationship, police said.

Kimberly Jernigan, 33, of the 800 block of Parker Street, faces charges of attempted kidnapping, burglary and aggravated menacing. She was being held Friday in Maryland after being arrested at an Interstate 95 rest stop, police said.

A 52-year-old man told investigators that he found a woman inside his apartment when he came home from work Thursday. The woman had something in her hand, and the man noticed a laser light shining from the object onto his torso, police said.

The man ran from the apartment and called police, who found handcuffs outside the man's bedroom window and a roll of duct tape inside the apartment. Officers also discovered a dog bound by duct tape in the man's bathroom, police said.

The man told police he believed the intruder was his ex-girlfriend, saying she had tried to kidnap him at gunpoint from his Pennsylvania office two weeks earlier.

The couple had met online through a Web site called Second Life, the man told police. His online character was a lion, and he engaged in a virtual relationship with the woman, who used a female avatar. After meeting in person a few months ago, he said, he ended the relationship.

Investigators said that after the alleged abduction attempt in Pennsylvania, the woman posed as a postal worker seeking the man's address to deliver a package. After four days, she found his address and went to his apartment with her dog, police said.

Instead of leaving the dog in her car, she took the animal along for the break-in, police said. They said she must have taped its snout shut and locked it in the bathroom to keep it from making too much noise.

The dog wasn't injured in the incident, but the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was investigating a possible charge of cruelty to an animal.

Jernigan put up a brief struggle when she was arrested at the rest stop, police said. Officers recovered a Taser and a BB gun.

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  • islandgirl Aug 22, 2008

    WOW..... MESSING AROUND ONLINE.... THERES ONE THING WHEN YOU GO ONLINE AND YOU HAVE A SO CALLED RELATIONSHIP, BUT ITS ANOTHER WHEN YOU ACTUALLY MEET UP WITH ONE ANOTHER, AND THEN GET REJECTED AND THEN YOU GO BULLISTIC, AND TRY TO HARM THE OTHER PERSON .... YOU ARE A REAL DISTURB WOMAN, WHO HAD A VIRTUAL RELATIONSHIP ONLINE... IM GLAD SHE DIDNT HURT THE GUY THE BAD, BECAUSE IT COULDNT BEEN WORST....... STAY AWAY FROM ONLINE RELATIONSHIP BECAUSE MOST OF THEM HAVE REAL PROBLEMS AND ISSUES..... GOOD LUCK TO ONLINE SEEKING RELATIONSHIPS..... IM VERY HAPPY IN MINE AND I DIDNT EVEN GO ONLINE........WOW WOW WOW

  • doinbizzness Aug 22, 2008

    "virtual relationship" ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww we all know what that means

  • Drifter Aug 22, 2008

    Oh man... secondlife...
    ...
    I wonder if I made that lion avatar he was wearing >.>

  • rebekah816 Aug 22, 2008

    My fiancee and I met online, but neither of us were really looking, it just happened. I'm now waiting for my visa to process to move to Australia. We're getting married next March.

    I agree with some of the others here. If you lie about who you are, it's gonna come back to haunt you. And in this case, boy did it come back to haunt this man!!!

  • oldschooltarheel Aug 22, 2008

    "Crazy... for feeling so lonely" Oh yeah this merits a spin of old Patsy Cline's awesome tune - "Crazy". We used to play this in our office as a warning for the folks in back when a loosely wrapped client was out front - worked great - they never caught on.

  • John Q Public Aug 22, 2008

    What in the world!

  • Cricket at the lake Aug 22, 2008

    Couldn't wait to read the posts about this story. Poor dog.

  • blackdog Aug 22, 2008

    ...if anuone points a weapon at me, they BETTER pull the trigger....

  • davidgnews Aug 22, 2008

    Tmedlin came up with nothing original, either, Timbo.
    It was copy and paste.

    Not that it wasn't helpful info, but still and all .....

  • MellowMelnJC Aug 22, 2008

    lol dark

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