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911 caller describes attack on woman outside Raleigh supermarket

Posted April 15, 2011 10:03 a.m. EDT
Updated April 15, 2011 10:16 a.m. EDT

— A 911 caller describes how Harris Teeter workers aided a woman attacked in the parking lot of the north Raleigh supermarket Tuesday and caught the man suspected of trying to kidnap her.

Raleigh police said they believe Thomas Joseph Stamps, 53, of Wake Forest, attacked a 19-year-old woman outside the Harris Teeter in the Falls Pointe shopping center, at 9600 Falls of Neuse Road, around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

"This poor girl got hit in the face outside Harris Teeter," a male employee told emergency dispatchers in a 911 call released Friday.

The worker said that he checked out the woman's groceries and she left, only to come running back in a few minutes later.

"She came back screaming, asking for help. She had a bloody lip," the worker said. "Apparently, somebody hit her in the face, and she's very, very terrified."

Some employees comforted the woman, who was able to give a detailed description of the stranger who attacked her. She said the man punched her in the face and nose, and "he just said, 'Shut up,'" the worker said.

Meanwhile, two store managers and bystanders ran outside to look for the woman's assailant.

In the 911 call, there's a bustle, and then the caller says his co-workers have caught the suspect.

"We have our manager outside, and he said apparently they caught him somewhere, and they're waiting for the police," the caller said. "Him and three other men have him on the side of the road."

Police took the suspect, identified as Stamps, into custody, and paramedics treated the woman.

Stamps 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.