Durham man arrested after Chapel Hill kidnapping attempt
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.Posted — Updated
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.
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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