Good Samaritans thwart attempted kidnapping; police looking for suspect
By Shavonne Walker
Police say two unknown men thwarted an attempted kidnapping of a young woman Friday not far from Spencer. The incident occurred near 11th Street and North Main just before 7 p.m.
The 20-year-old woman had just left the hospital and was walking to her mother’s Spencer home when a white male in a black four-door vehicle stopped and asked for directions to Chick-fil-A. She gave the man directions and started to walk away.
The man then backed into the roadway, blocking her path and asked if she needed a ride. The woman told the man “no thanks” and tried to walk away. He asked “what do you think of this?” she told police.
When she looked at the man through the passenger side window, he had his shorts pulled down and exposed himself to her. She began walking faster and then heard a door shut. The man had gotten out of his car and grabbed her from behind.
He tried to drag her into his car when two black males came to her rescue. One of the men placed the would-be kidnapper into a headlock and dragged him away from the victim and shoved him into his car. The other male whisked the woman away from the area. The suspect drove away.
The two males walked the woman a short distance until she reassured them she was close to her mother’s house and the Spencer Police Department. She was not harmed in the incident. The men said they had to get home, and they all parted ways.
Salisbury Police are investigating the incident and looking for the suspect. Police also want to know who the Good Samaritans were so they can obtain more details about the incident.
The suspect is described as a white male, 6 feet tall, with a thin build, a brown goatee and the beginnings of a beard. He also had a short, flat-top haircut with short spikes. He appeared to be in his late 20s. The car is a four-door, black, newer model passenger vehicle.
Neighbors in the area, which is located near Three Stars Mini Mart, formerly M&L Mini Mart, said they’d just arrived after the incident occurred and others said they didn’t hear or see anything.
Police searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect or the Good Samaritans. Police hope the men who helped the victim can come forward to help in the investigation.
“It’s Good Samaritans like them that keep crime down in neighborhoods,” said Salisbury Police Capt. Melonie Thompson.
The victim in the incident declined to comment.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Salisbury Police Department at 704-638-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.