Police: Men forced woman into car, took money from her account at ATM

by: Mark Becker Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Robbery detectives in Charlotte are hoping a surveillance picture from an ATM will help them track down the men who robbed and kidnapped a woman in east Charlotte Wednesday night.

The woman, who police have not identified, told Eyewitness News she was leaving work on Executive Center Drive, off Albemarle Road, around 8 p.m. when the men jumped her.

"I clicked my (car) alarm," she said. “And as soon as I clicked my alarm, the three guys just came out of nowhere. One put a gun to my head, the other two grabbed my arms and they both put guns up to me, too."

She said they forced her into her SUV and told her they only wanted her money.  They drove to an ATM at Albemarle and Winterhaven, where the driver used the woman's bank card and her code to withdraw cash.

The ATM camera snapped a shot of that suspect, showing part of his face.

Once they left the ATM, the woman said she wasn't sure what was coming next.

"And I kept saying, ‘Where are we going?’ And they said, 'The north side,’ but they turned around and I kept saying, ‘I need to get home to my child.’”

The woman said the suspects also fondled her while she was in the car.

"It made me angry. I want them caught," she said.

The suspects finally let her go in a parking lot on Albemarle Road, leaving her with her cellphone and $20 in cash they had taken from the ATM.

She said she cannot feel safe leaving her office any more.

"Definitely not,” she said. “I’m going to have to have someone walk me to my car every day.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.