• Police search for man after attempted kidnapping, assault

    By: Catherine Bilkey


    KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Kannapolis police are looking for a man who they say attempted to kidnap and assaulted a Food Lion employee. They're asking for the public's help tracking down a man driving a gold Buick.

    Eyewitness News spoke with the victim Friday. Because the assault had a sexual motive, according to police, Channel 9 is protecting her identity.

    "I'm at work; I took this guy's groceries out," she said. "And he's trying to, like, shove me down."

    Wednesday night, the Food Lion employee was in the parking lot on Cannon Boulevard in Kannapolis, helping a customer get his groceries into his car. He was older with white hair. Even though he was tall and seemed capable of helping himself, she didn't think much of it, she says, until he starting telling her he wanted to kiss her.

    "Then he told me he wanted to, like, put me in his car and do stuff to me down there," the victim said. "And kiss on me down there, and that's when he proceeded to start pushing me into his car."

    The victim says the customer grabbed her by both arms.

    "He had such a tight grip on me," she said.

    That's when she saw other customers in the parking lot.

    "I was like, 'sir' really loud, and he kind of let go a little bit," she said. The victim believes she startled him with her yell. She used that moment to run to safety.

    Police have now been looking for the man for two days and other customers are nervous.

    "It does make me scared," Bonita Marsh said. "It makes me afraid."

    The victim is just happy she got away.

    Police say the suspect is a white, around 65-year-old man, wearing a black suit and driving a gold Buick with duct tape on the passenger-side mirror.

    If you have any information about this attack, please contact the Cabarrus Area Crime Stoppers at 704-932-7463.

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