UNC increasing patrols after near kidnapping of co-ed

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – The town of Chapel Hill and UNC campus police are increasing patrols Thursday through Saturday nights after an attempted kidnapping of a female University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student Friday night.

A statement from UNC leaders, including Chancellor Carol Folt, called the event “deeply alarming and unsettling to all of us.”

As a result, the police will increase patrols in the three nights students are out the most. The leaders also will review the recommendations from a group now evaluating campus safety and will evaluate having cameras on campus.

The attempted kidnapping occurred just after 11 p.m., just to the west of the UNC campus.

On Saturday, The Chapel Hill Police Department charged Keith Robert Webster Jr., of Durham, with Second Degree Kidnapping and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, police said.

The victim told authorities that she was walking near the intersection of Kenan Street and West Cameron Avenue when she was approached by a heavyset, mid-20s to mid-30s male.

The suspect was armed with a silver handgun and attempted to force the woman into a white 2000 Mitsubishi Galant . The victim was able to escape without injury when bystanders approached and intervened.

Webster was transported to the Orange County Jail and is being held on a $100,000 secured bond, Chapel Hill Police said.

For a list of safety tips, see the following link through the Alert Carolina page.

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