Local News

Greenville police: Abducted ECU student used text messages to gain her freedom

Posted November 7, 2019 7:58 a.m. EST

Officers charged Joshua Worsley, 27, of Robersonville, and Cornelius Langley, 33, of Greenville, with first-degree kidnapping. Worsley has also been charged with attempted second-degree sex offense.

— Police say an East Carolina University student was abducted but was able to text friends about her ordeal, leading to her freedom.

WITN reports the abduction occurred around 2:30 a.m. Friday.

Officers charged Joshua Worsley, 27, of Robersonville, and Cornelius Langley, 33, of Greenville, with first-degree kidnapping. Worsley has also been charged with attempted second-degree sex offense.

Police say the men lured a 20-year-old woman into their car at Five Points Plaza, that she was groped and Worsley tried to sexually assault her.

The ECU student texted her friend who was able to eventually follow the car until it stopped outside the Camelot Inn on South Memorial Drive. Police say the friend confronted the two and the men released the victim.

Use of city street cameras and information from the victim led to the arrest of Worsley and Langley.

Our commenting policy has changed. If you would like to comment, please share on social media using the icons below and comment there.