Man kidnaps woman, leads police on chase before crashing in Rowan County, police say

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — Authorities said a man is charged with kidnapping a woman from her car and leading police on a chase that ended in Rowan County Saturday afternoon.

Investigators said Manuel Robles, 32, kidnapped a 31-year-old woman at gunpoint in Asheboro just before 1:45 p.m., and forced her into a car he had stolen earlier.

Robles left the scene, and deputies later found him and tried to pull him over. He refused to stop and led police on a high-speed chase through several counties.

The chase started in Randolph County and ended with Robles crashing on Interstate 85 south near the ramp to Webb Road.

Robles then ran away but was arrested a short time later, according to investigators.

Officials said during the case, Robles fired several shots at officers, hitting law enforcement vehicles. No was was hurt.

The victim was rescued and unharmed during the incident, authorities said.

Asheboro police have charged Robles with felony first-degree kidnapping, two counts of misdemeanor assault by pointing a gun, misdemeanor communicating threats, and misdemeanor injury to personal property.

Robles has also been charged by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office with felony attempted murder, felony possession stolen motor vehicle, two counts of felony discharge firearm enclosure, four counts of felony assault with deadly weapon on government official, felony discharge weapon into moving vehicle, felony flee to elude arrest with motor vehicle, misdemeanor assault by pointing a gun, misdemeanor resisting public officer, two counts of misdemeanor injury to personal property, misdemeanor assault law enforcement agent/assistance/search/rescue animal, reckless driving to endanger, left of center line/grade/curve, and speeding.

The Asheboro Police Department, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, High Point Police Department, Davidson County Sheriff’s Office and Rowan County Sheriff’s Office were involved in the chase.

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