Police: N.C. man kidnaps family, forces them to shop at Target

By Ray Downs
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June 22 (UPI) -- A North Carolina man kidnapped a family and forced them to take him shopping at Target, police said.

Durham police said Rollin Anthony Owens Jr. knocked on the door of a home early Tuesday and asked the residents for money. When they gave him some cash, he pulled out a gun on the family of four -- two adults and two small children -- and forced them to go to an ATM at a convenience store.


After the ATM stop, he then forced the family to go to Target. While there, one of the family members asked a store clerk for help undetected. A police officer happened to be in the parking lot at the time and arrested Owens.

Owens is facing charges including robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping, assault inflicting serious injury and assault by pointing a gun, felony larceny, breaking and entering, obtaining property by false pretense and trespassing.

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Some of the charges stem from three other incidents that police believe he may have been involved in, including beating a man on the head with his gun and then forcing him to go to an ATM and buy cigarettes.


Owens is also suspected of knocking on a door at 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday and asking another resident for money. When the resident refused, Owens allegedly grabbed his coffee, took a sip, complained that it was too sweet and then put a gun to the victim's head.

However, when a car drove by, Owens ran away.

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A North Carolina judge set Owens' bond at $1 million, but prosecutors asked for a $2 million bond.

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