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Woman attacked in parking lot of Raleigh supermarket

Posted April 14, 2011

— A Wake Forest man has been arrested in connection with an attack on a woman outside a north Raleigh supermarket, police said Thursday.

Thomas Joseph Stamps, 53, 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.

A 19-year-old woman told police that she was leaving the Harris Teeter in the Falls Pointe shopping center, at 9600 Falls of Neuse Road, at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday when a man grabbed her.

Police said the woman was able to escape and ran back inside the store, her mouth bloodied, and screamed for help. Two store managers and bystanders ran outside and caught the suspected abductor as he tried to flee, police said.


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  • watchmewin Apr 15, 2011

    NC sunshine, she was in her car. he opened the door and attacked her

  • sadlack Apr 15, 2011

    NC Sunshine, please don't imply that it is the victim's fault for getting attacked...!

  • java323 Apr 15, 2011

    I don't know if they still do this, but Harris Teeter used to have the check-out baggers ask if the customers needed help to the car...if they still do this, us ladies should always answer "yes" when it's late at night.
    Good job catching this guy!

  • Lily Apr 15, 2011

    Great job store managers and bystanders!

  • NC Sunshine Apr 15, 2011

    Southern Girl said she called the Harris Teeter where she shops. Didn't say it was the same store the incident took place at.

    As for the young lady, I'd be willing to bet she walked out of that store either looking down or trying to find her keys while walking to her car. I'd also be willing to bet she had not looked around the parking lot to see if there was anyone either hanging out or walking towards her as if going into the store. She's young and young people don't seem to comprehend danger. That's why they do these types of things. Another example, driving too fast or recklessly after getting their license.

  • sammyg Apr 15, 2011

    Yes, job well done to the average joes who caught this creep!

  • Call It Like I See It Apr 15, 2011

    Southern Girl, Until further investigation, that manager could have been advised not to release any information about the incident to the public, especially if he was an active party...common sense.

  • Dale Apr 14, 2011

    Southern Girl, are you trying to imply it did not happen?? So they arrested some random man??

  • Southern Girl Apr 14, 2011

    I called the Harris Teeter where I shop all the time, and the Manager had not even HEARD about this incident. Now, that is something to behold, wouldn't you say?

  • Southern Girl Apr 14, 2011

    I have to say, I have always never given a thought to being scared in the Harris Teeter parking lot, and I shop at that store all the time. What is the answer? How can a regular citizen feel safe anywhere? Maybe the answer is to order groceries on line from Lowe's and pick them up. Maybe this is the answer. Harris Teeter might think about beefing up security. Just saying. I'll be looking over my shoulder IF I decided to shop at that store again. Too bad.