Jason deBruyn witnessed first-hand as a woman escaped from a kidnapping suspect. (Dave Hattman, WNCN)
RALEIGH, N.C. -
An eyewitness to Thursday's kidnapping in Raleigh described the victim was "scared out of her mind" when she escaped the suspect.
On Thursday, a woman told authorities that she was getting out of her car at her home just off Ebenezer Church Road when an armed man forced her to get back into her car and drive him to a Wells Fargo ATM at a nearby shopping center.
The woman was able to escape from her vehicle once they got to the shopping center. At that point, the man drove off in her car.
Jason deBruyn was across the street from the Wells Fargo and witnessed first-hand as the woman escaped from the suspect.
"All of a sudden this car comes careening around the corner, and this woman jumps out and starts running toward us," deBruyn recalled. "The car is still moving, and actually goes up on the side of the curb."
DeBruyn said the suspect then got out of the passenger side of the car wearing a mask, ran to the driver's side and drove off.
"At first we all froze, and then my one buddy goes inside and calls 911. About 15 to 20 seconds later, when things had called down a little bit, we started figuring out what had happened," deBruyn said. "But at that point he was gone."
Authorities have not said if the incident Thursday night is connected with other similar kidnappings and robberies that occurred in that general area.
The first robbery took place around 2 a.m. on Sept. 22 in the 4800 block of Pleasant Valley Road. Police said two people were walking on a sidewalk when they were approached by a suspect who was armed with a hand gun.
The second robbery took place at 11:50 p.m. on Sept. 22 in the 4300 block of Furman Hall. Police said a female was approached after getting out of her vehicle in her apartment complex.
A third robbery took place Sept. 23 at approximately 10:30 p.m. when a female victim was approached by an armed suspect in the 1000 block of Collins Drive.
And on Friday, a woman arrived at a home in the 4900 block of Wynneford Way to dog sit for a friend, when a man wearing a Halloween-type mask approached her around 9 p.m. and forced her into the home, where he demanded money and jewelry.
The suspect in the first three incidents is described as a black man, about six feet tall with a medium build. During the first two robberies, the suspect was wearing a black motorcycle helmet with a full-faced shield, black motorcycle-style jacket and black pants and shoes.
While committing the third crime, he wore all black except for an orange and yellow zip-up jacket with a turtle neck that covered much of his face.
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