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Woman attacked in parking lot of Raleigh supermarket

Posted April 14, 2011 3:41 p.m. EDT
Updated April 14, 2011 3:44 p.m. EDT

— 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.