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Two arrested after witnesses report kidnapping in Raleigh

Posted April 22, 2012
Updated April 23, 2012

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— Two men are in custody after witnesses reported a possible kidnapping at a Raleigh gas station Sunday morning, police said.

A witness reported seeing a woman trying to get out of a grey 2003 Ford Windstar minivan at a BP gas station, at 3616 Poole Road, around 7 a.m. Two men stopped her and forced her to stay in the van, the witness told police. 

Officers later spotted the van on Holston Lane, and the driver led police on a 1.6-mile chase. The van struck another vehicle at the intersection of Poole and Sunnybrook roads, but didn't stop.

No one was injured in the crash.

The driver, Isiah A. Owens, stopped a short time later, police said, and he and his passenger were taken into custody.

At that time, the woman was no longer in the van, police said. Investigators tracked her down, and she told them she had not been kidnapped. She was unharmed.

Owens, 23, was charged with hit-and-run, speeding to elude police and other driving-related offenses.

The passenger, 24-year-old Shawn Jones, was served with outstanding warrants on parole violations. He was placed on probation in February 2011 after being convicted of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, according to state Division of Adult Correction records.

Owens was on probation for one of four previous drug-related convictions and has served about seven months in jail, records show.

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  • NCworkingwoman May 2, 2012

    If these two was not guilty, then why lead the police on a chase. Of course I am glad they got them. - charmcclainlovesdogs2

    Most likely because one of them had outstanding warrants.

  • Alexia.1 Apr 23, 2012

    "If these two was not guilty, then why lead the police on a chase. Of course I am glad they got them." --charmcclainlovesdogs2

    They might be guilty of something, but might not be kidnapping.

    Witness said men forced her to stay in the van. Van is clearly in their hands. Witness says she was not kidnapped. Did they drop her off at work or home?

    I'm confused.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Apr 23, 2012

    If these two was not guilty, then why lead the police on a chase. Of course I am glad they got them.

  • Wake1 Apr 23, 2012

    I sure hope they don't have to spend too much time locked up - we need them right back on the streets so we can see what mischief they get into next!

  • working for deadbeats Apr 23, 2012

    Poor reporting because all the facts aren't in this article. And that's a fact.

  • working for deadbeats Apr 23, 2012

    Why would any woman voluntarily be in the company of people like those guys?

  • working for deadbeats Apr 23, 2012

    I'm sure it was purely innocent and she's telling the truth.