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FBI, Durham police seek bank manager's kidnappers

Posted December 4, 2008
Updated December 5, 2008

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— Durham police are searching for three people – two black men and a black woman – who kidnapped a bank branch manager and his 13-year-old daughter Thursday morning.

A vehicle bumped his Mercedes from behind along Pineburr Place when then man was taking his daughter to school around 7:30 a.m., police said. When the man got out of his car, three people confronted him at gunpoint, hit him on the head and forced him back into his car.

They put the daughter in the trunk of their car, which was stolen, according to police. But the teen knew how to pull the trunk release lever and escaped, a family member said. She flagged down a Durham County sheriff's deputy.

Meanwhile, the kidnappers forced the bank manager to drive about 8 miles to Newby Drive, behind the bank branch he manages – Bank of America at 3807 N. Duke St, police said.

The teen told police about her father's job at the bank, and officers later found his Mercedes parked there. The man, who was not injured, came out of the bank several minutes later, police said.

Initially, police did not know if the carjackers were in the bank. They secured the area and called in the Selective Enforcement Team.

"All of a sudden, everything got shut down," said Terry Hatchett, who works nearby the bank. "We saw officers coming from everywhere, every direction."

However, commanders determined the suspects had fled, and they issued an alert for a silver sports-utility vehicle.

Police have not reported a bank robbery, and the motive for the kidnapping remains unclear.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting Durham police in the investigation.

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  • smilenc Dec 5, 2008

    Something doesnt add up...maybe nothing or should i say things didnt happen that way,i dont know will find out (Im confused)

  • whiffleball Dec 5, 2008

    This story sounds more like a fairy tale.

  • missingVA Dec 4, 2008

    I'm confused..."They put the daughter in the trunk of their car, which was stolen, according to police. But the teen knew how to pull the trunk release lever and escaped, a family member said." After the Police got to the bank and found the suspects missing, they put out an alert for a silver SUV....SUV's don't have trunks, and the managers mercedes was parked at the bank, so where did the silver SUV come from??? Too many things are contridicting themselves in this story.

  • bluedishes500 Dec 4, 2008

    Something sounds funny about this story.....

  • Crayzee1 Dec 4, 2008

    RTP is located mostly in Durham yes, but depsite all you durham fans claiming Raleigh can kiss its job good bye, RTP businesses employee only 39,000 people. I wouldn't say MOST of us in raleigh would loss our jobs. Besides, you really think Durham is a great plcae to live, stay there thats fine, Evberyone else will commute in to RTP from Cary, Morrisville, Raleigh, areas. You know the places listed as best place to live in the country.

  • GETOUT Dec 4, 2008

    Don't they have security cameras at the bank? Some of this incident or the perps involved should be on there.... Just my two cents....

  • knbwz Dec 4, 2008

    something sounds crazy...

  • Amruby Dec 4, 2008

    My daughter worked as a bank manager for a few years. They were trained to vary their route to work and their arrival time. They were also supposed to drive around the bank exterior 3 times before getting out and unlocking the door. It is highly likely that this gang had been monitoring the bank manager for weeks prior to this attempt. Having the daughter with him made him even more susceptible to high jack or kidnapping. Crazy world that we live in !

  • JAKOFALLTRADES Dec 4, 2008

    I WORK IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AND TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH I NEED MORE DETAILS. THIS STORY DOES NOT PASS THE SMELL TEST. I AGREE WITH MANY OTHERS ON HERE. SOMETHING JUST DOESNT SMELL RIGHT. I HOPE I AM WRONG. I WORK IN A COUNTY ADJACENT TO DURHAM AND WE NEVER RECIEVED A BOLO ON THE SUSPECTS OR ANYTHING.

  • Weetie Dec 4, 2008

    mmmmm...? Maybe it's just me but something here doesn't sounds just right...

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