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Police: Suspected kidnapping was domestic dispute

Posted May 19, 2009

— Raleigh police said Tuesday afternoon that a suspected kidnapping reported earlier in the day was a domestic dispute.

Spokesman Jim Sughrue said witnesses reported seeing two men forcing a woman into a gray sedan in the 400 block of Culpepper Lane around 11:45 a.m.

The woman, Melanie Rhodes, 18, was located Tuesday afternoon, Sughrue said. She was not seriously injured.

Police arrested Joel Stephan Arrington, 19, whose address was not immediately available, on charges of felonious restraint and assault with a deadly weapon.


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  • shortcake53 May 19, 2009

    I never implied that it didnt matter, only that there was no stranger out nabbing women off the sidewalk as the story made it seem. I would appreciate it if my comments were not misconstrued for someones elses pleasure.

  • Adelinthe May 19, 2009

    Shouldn't matter if it's domestic or not - kidnapping is kidnapping and should be prosecuted to the full extent the law allows.

    Praying for this young woman - God only knows what precipitated this or if she will be able to keep herself safe because restraining orders aren't worth the paper they're written on.

    God bless.


  • shortcake53 May 19, 2009

    WTVD just confirmed my suspicions, it was a "domestic issue", not a stranger abduction.

  • Titus Pullo May 19, 2009

    "What will it take to get sufficient protection in that area?"

    A police state

  • shortcake53 May 19, 2009

    What I want to know is, are there any missing person reports for that time frame, or was this a case of relatives forcing someone to come back home? Was it an abduction or family squabble?

  • twc May 19, 2009

    That area is getting more and more dangerous. Students robbed, teacher mugged, a murder not a hundred feet from campus, now an abduction! What will it take to get sufficient protection in that area?

  • skinnycow May 19, 2009

    Averecon - seems like my original response to you didn't meet the approval of the moderators. Let me try again, I didn't ask for help and I knew exactly what they intended to say. I never said I didn't understand, I said it made no sense. If it did, then they wouldn't have changed it. Now, go away.

  • MEME1180 May 19, 2009

    Gosh avercon, you sure seem to know alot more than most...

    Wonder how much truth is to this story.

  • avrecon May 19, 2009

    Let me help you Ms.Coleen.
    "say they say" is what was posted. I'm sure they meant "say they saw", does this help?

  • skinnycow May 19, 2009

    "Raleigh police are looking for two men whom witnesses say they say forcing a woman into a car near Enloe High School late Tuesday morning."

    Get it together WRAL. That makes no sense at all.