Barefoot Chapel Hill kidnapper forced victim to give him a ride to Raleigh, police say


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) — A barefoot man pulled a gun on someone in Chapel Hill on Wednesday, then forced his victim to drive him to Raleigh, according to Chapel Hill officials.

The initial kidnapping happened in the Wendy’s parking lot at 100 Scarlett Drive in Chapel Hill at about 8:50 a.m., officials said. The man showed a “small, silver handgun” and forced the victim to get back into his or her own vehicle, then drive to Raleigh, officials said.

The man did not have shoes, the victim told police.

Once in Raleigh, the man took the victim’s cash, then let the victim go unharmed.

A manager at Wendy’s told CBS North Carolina the victim is an employee who was leaving to deposit money at the bank when the suspect approached her. The employee typically leaves around that time of day to make the deposit. The manager said she was unsure how much money the man took.

The victim described the kidnapper as tall and thin, with long, wavy hair, according to authorities. Police had initially said the victim described the man’s hair as blonde or light-colored, shoulder-length dreadlocks, but later issued an update. He was wearing black skinny sweatpants, a black sweat top and a dirty orange shirt, police say the victim told them.

He had a leaf tattoo on his left hand, as well as a tattoo on one of the middle fingers of his left hand, according to a town news release.

Police ask anyone who knows about the crime to call them at (919) 968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at (919) 942-7515.

This week’s incident happened days after police in Durham said a man forced three women into a car at gunpoint and then forced them to withdraw cash at different locations in the city.

The women were walking along the 2000 block of North Roxboro Street when they were approached by the suspect, police said.

RELATED: Kidnapping of 3 women sets Durham neighborhood on edge

The suspect in this case was described as standing around 5 feet 9 inches tall with a muscular build and short hair.

He had tattoos on both sides of his neck and a tattoo of a skull with a cigarette in its mouth on his upper right forearm.

He was wearing a gray T-shirt with a UNC logo on the chest.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Cristaldi at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29283 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

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