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Reward offered in Christmas Eve kidnapping in Durham

Posted December 27, 2012

— Durham Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in connection with a Christmas Eve kidnapping.

A woman told police that she was walking from a business to her car in the 800 block of Ninth Street Monday after 1 p.m. when a man forced her, at gunpoint, into her car and made her drive to several ATMs.

He was described as black, thin, in his early 20s, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall with a light complexion and light-colored eyes. He was wearing a red and black hooded sweatshirt.

Investigators are also looking for a woman that the victim said she saw with the man earlier Monday in a dark green Toyota Camry parked near her car.

She was described as black, in her early 20s with a medium to dark-brown complexion and short hair. She was wearing a headband and a dark, long-sleeved top.

Police said the man forced the victim to withdraw money from three ATMs – Wells Fargo branches at 2000 W. Main St. and 900 W. Club Blvd., and a Coastal Federal Credit Union branch at 3125 Shannon Road – and that they drove to several others but were unsuccessful in getting any more cash.

Around 1:20 p.m., investigators said, the man jumped out of the car at the intersection of University Drive and Shannon Road.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Durham police at 919-560-4582, extension 29245, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Dec 31, 2012

    @pinkiglock, in your opinion, do people ever change?...are humans capable of learning from their mistakes?

    If you think not, I can understand why might want to just kill every single person who is arrested. If people can mentally evolve, then maybe you'll start to understand that these are people...humans...who we are dealing with...people who can learn, who often have had ridiculously-awful childhoods, who have grown up dirt poor in uneducated, drug-addicted households or maybe just lived in 5 foster homes until age 16.

    Understanding...human understanding...may not always be the correct course of action against criminals, but shouldn't it at least be on the table?

  • 68_dodge_polara Dec 28, 2012

    "Cant they get DNA from the car?Just a thought"


    What do you think the are the resources available to investigate each robbery that occurs? This stuff happens a lot more than we like to admit on 9th street and the surrounding area. Beware Duke students in this area.

  • chrisnrali Dec 28, 2012

    think about it. dna several thousand $, couple atm visits MAYBE 1500$. Use a calculator if you must.

  • Desiderata Dec 27, 2012

    Cant they get DNA from the car?Just a thought

  • pinkiglock Dec 27, 2012

    At some point in time, we are going to have to realize that criminals are bad people, and not this BS "you are not bad, your actions are bad." Just how many people have to be victims before Society realizes that liberalism is a fantasy? Prayers for the victim in this.