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911 caller describes attack on woman outside Raleigh supermarket

Posted April 15, 2011

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— A 911 caller describes how Harris Teeter workers aided a woman attacked in the parking lot of the north Raleigh supermarket Tuesday and caught the man suspected of trying to kidnap her.

Raleigh police said they believe Thomas Joseph Stamps, 53, of Wake Forest, attacked a 19-year-old woman outside the Harris Teeter in the Falls Pointe shopping center, at 9600 Falls of Neuse Road, around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

"This poor girl got hit in the face outside Harris Teeter," a male employee told emergency dispatchers in a 911 call released Friday.

The worker said that he checked out the woman's groceries and she left, only to come running back in a few minutes later.

"She came back screaming, asking for help. She had a bloody lip," the worker said. "Apparently, somebody hit her in the face, and she's very, very terrified."

Some employees comforted the woman, who was able to give a detailed description of the stranger who attacked her. She said the man punched her in the face and nose, and "he just said, 'Shut up,'" the worker said.

Meanwhile, two store managers and bystanders ran outside to look for the woman's assailant.

In the 911 call, there's a bustle, and then the caller says his co-workers have caught the suspect.

"We have our manager outside, and he said apparently they caught him somewhere, and they're waiting for the police," the caller said. "Him and three other men have him on the side of the road."

Police took the suspect, identified as Stamps, into custody, and paramedics treated the woman.

Stamps was charged with second-degree kidnapping and assault on a female. He was being held in the Wake County jail under a $251,500 bond.

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  • didisaythat Apr 15, 2011

    mcsdot22, I have not read any comments but yours and am assuming that the top part was copied from someone else the bottom part of your comment is 100% correct. The person that wrote the top portions is not familiar enough with NC laws to make an informed decision. Unfortunately that is the case in many incidents. The person that wrote the first part would rather think that NC Police are racist than take a minute and educate themself on what the differnece between 1st and 2nd degree kidnapping is or 1st and 2nd degree murder.

  • mcsdot22 Apr 15, 2011

    What is second degree this, second degree that, don't the authorties in North Carolina know that offenders can be charged with first degree?

    The woman that murdered her step daughter was charged with second degree murder and now this man is only charged with a second degree kidnapping, what in the world is going on?

    If the African/American woman that recently mudered her boy friend is charged with first degree murder, then I am going to begin to believe there is a real racial issue in this state, until then I suppose that I will have to wait and see what happens.

    --airbornemonty for the incidnet to be 1st degree kidnapping it must satisfy all of the elements. the only difference between 1st and second degree kidnapping is for 1st degree the suspect: does not release the victim in a safe place or seriously injures the victim or sexually assaults the victim.

    If those last 3 elements do not apply for this incident then it is second degree kidnapping, the proper charge from what it

  • parichar77 Apr 15, 2011

    Someone posted "Yet they are saying this kind of random attack couldn't have happened in affluent Cary when Nancy Cooper was killed."

    Who said this. No one. It seems to me people keep making up their own stories about Cary, and then complaining about the same story as if people in Cary actually created the story. Sounds like a bit of jealousy.
    I live in Cary and have never said "Oh Cary is so safe that I can leave my doors open". Yet when some break-ins were reported many people were quick to comment that "Ha Ha, Cary really isn't safe enough to leave doors open". Oh and by the way, it is national magazines that list Cary as one of the safest places, it is not the Caryites running around proclaiming this. But God forbid some place be a little safe (sarcasm) .

  • wildcat Apr 15, 2011

    Did the man know this lady personally? Did she know him?

  • paulawindley Apr 15, 2011

    @Rebecca7: Nevermind, I found his name... disregard my previous message...

  • paulawindley Apr 15, 2011

    @Rebecca7: Where did you find him? I couldn't find him in the North Carolina Department Of Correction Offender Public Information http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us

  • hellorhighwaters Apr 15, 2011

    I know he didn't think that the (Harris Teeter)grocery store was extended into the parking lot. What was he going to do, shop for a woman in the parking lot. (Talk about crazy!)

    Thank God this young girl was able to get away from him and back into the store to get some help.

    Justice system should throw the book at this guy as an example.
    This country not Burger King, 'Have it your way'. This is civilized America.

    How you just going to grab a young girl, then tell her to 'Shut up'.

    Yes,scream young ladies; scream your head off. Don't 'shut up'. That's what these perv's want is for you to be too afraid to scream. They don't want the added attention from other people noticing what they are doing. So you scream;... and run.

  • Mommy2Caleb+Carly Apr 15, 2011

    WAY TO GO HARRIS TEETER...I LOVE IT WHEN A STORY ENDS LIKE THIS...
    "We have our manager outside, and he said apparently they caught him somewhere, and they're waiting for the police," the caller said. "Him and three other men have him on the side of the road."

    PRAISE THE LORD SHE IS OK...

  • airbornemonty Apr 15, 2011

    What is second degree this, second degree that, don't the authorties in North Carolina know that offenders can be charged with first degree?

    The woman that murdered her step daughter was charged with second degree murder and now this man is only charged with a second degree kidnapping, what in the world is going on?

    If the African/American woman that recently mudered her boy friend is charged with first degree murder, then I am going to begin to believe there is a real racial issue in this state, until then I suppose that I will have to wait and see what happens.

  • erinlikescoupons Apr 15, 2011

    Harris Teeter always has the best customer service. This is definitely going beyond customer expectations!

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