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Condoms found in ice cream truck in Garner kidnapping case

Posted September 13, 2012 1:21 p.m. EDT
Updated September 13, 2012 2:30 p.m. EDT

— Garner police found condoms, computer equipment and cameras, among other items, in an ice cream truck belonging to a man accused of raping a 14-year-old girl, according to a search warrant released this week.

The Aug. 17 warrant, made public Monday, sought permission to search the truck and to obtain DNA and hair samples from Omar Kareem Sellers, 39. Sellers is charged with first-degree kidnapping, statutory rape, statutory sex offense and indecent liberties with a minor.

Police say Sellers met the girl in a parking lot near Garner's Avery Square Apartments on Aug. 16 and lured her into his ice cream truck with a promise to pay her for helping sell ice cream.

According to the search warrant affidavit, police found the teenager with Sellers less than two hours after she was reported missing. The girl told police she was "not OK" and that Sellers touched her breast and sexually assaulted her.

When the girl asked why he was doing it, according to the warrant, he replied, "If you're going to work for me, I need to know that I can trust you."

Investigators seized a number of items from the truck, including 34 condoms, a sex toy, a marijuana cigarette, two video cameras, a laptop, 19 video cassettes, trivia cards and a book that the search warrant only refers to as "Sexual Secrets."

In an interview with WRAL News last month, the girl said that, despite lectures from her mother not to engage with strangers, she got into the truck with Sellers because she thought she could earn some money to help her family.

At first, she said, they drove around selling ice cream and then stopped at a McDonald's in Clayton, where Sellers allegedly forced himself on her.

Sellers was arrested and remained in the Wake County jail Thursday under a $1.01 million bond.