NC police Tase kidnapping suspect running around pastor at pulpit

Kevin Whiting

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN)- Fayetteville police officers Tased a kidnapping suspect Dec. 27 who was running around a pastor while a church was in service.

Officers responded to a communicating threats call in the 1100 block of Fontana Street around 10:15 a.m. Upon arrival, officers were told Kevin Whiting went into a church in the 500 block of Boundary Lane.

An officer recognized Whiting’s name as being connected to a Dec. kidnapping incident on Person Street, police said.

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A deacon from the church on Boundary Lane met with the officers and told them, “Kevin Whiting was in the church and he was very agitated.”

The deacon said church was in service and worshippers within two rows of Whiting had been removed.

The deacon and officers discussed options to remove Whiting. During this time, police said Whiting became even more agitated and began running around the pastor at the pulpit.

The officers then confronted Whiting who did not comply with their commands.

Fayetteville police said officers used a Taser on Whiting and he was taken into custody without further incident.

Whiting was charged with second-degree kidnapping, common law robbery in reference to the Dec 14 incident. He faces a resist, delay, and obstructing officers charge from the Dec. 27 incident at the church.

Whiting is being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $13,000 secured bond.

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