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Durham man arrested after Chapel Hill kidnapping attempt

Posted November 7, 2015

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— Authorities said a Durham man was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree kidnapping and possession of a firearm after trying to abduct a female student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill late Friday night.

Keith Robert Webster Jr. was taken into custody by the Chapel Hill Police Department Saturday afternoon and is being held at the Orange County Jail under $100,000 secured bond.

According to investigators, a student was walking near the intersection of Kenan Street and West Cameron Avenue at about 11 p.m. when she was approached by Webster, in a white 2000 Mitsubishi Galant with North Carolina license plate DHZ-5086.

A campus-wide alert—the Alert Carolina System— was sent to students’ phones at 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

Students at UNC said the crime has put a damper on one of the university's most important weekends of the school year—homecoming. UNC hosted rival Duke Saturday at Kenan Memorial Stadium.

“[It’s] a little scary because we’re walking a lot at night around here," Allison Eames said.

Webster, who was armed with a handgun, tried to force the student into the car, police said. The student was able to escape uninjured when bystanders intervened.

“I walked home alone from the basketball game last night at 10 p.m., an hour before it happened.” Meghan Mulloody said. “So that was a little scary.”

Last weekend, students received an alert about a sexual assault at the Hinton-James Residence Hall.

“I definitely think the buddy system is very important,” Sarah Kulesa said. “Always go with a buddy. You shouldn’t walk alone, especially late at night."


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  • Jacob Smith Nov 9, 2015
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    I would imagine that the "race card" enters here for a VERY GOOD reason.

    Blacks are ~11% of USA population and yet account for >= 50% of violent crime - and yet the black community seems unwilling to take up this up with counseling and other action in their own communities - instead they all seem to blame the police while shirking "ownership" for this.

  • Kimberly Crowe Nov 9, 2015
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    What does the Carson story or race have to do with anything? They were all wrong for what they have done and will pay for it regardless. Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, etc. all commit crimes and all know right from wrong. Its just the world we live in today and its sad, because it causes so much tension and it makes it hard to know who to trust. All races and people need to stick together and fight for peace and justice.

  • Libby Lynn Nov 8, 2015
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    What does the Carson story have to do with this story?

  • Ncsu Ninetytwo Nov 7, 2015
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    It was 2 African American Durham males who kidnapped Eve Carson (our 21 yr old UNC Student Body president),.....and shot her in the face 5 times on Hillcrest Circle in 2008 (where I live).

  • Eugene Irene Nov 7, 2015
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    Is it too PC nowadays to include a description of attacker? You do describe his car!