DURHAM — A police officer was in the right spot at the right time and arrested two men who were still in the car of a man who said they had carjacked and beaten him and made him drive to an ATM to get money, the department said.
Officer K.F. Wheeler was patrolling in the Village Shopping Center on North Miami Boulevard early Wednesday when a man flagged her down and told the story of the beating and kidnapping.
When Wheeler drove to where the mans car was parked near an ATM, Nelson and Jones were in it, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said, and she arrested both.
Traqwuan Nelson, 18, of Burrell Road and Alvin Azariah Jones, 21, of South Woodcrest Street, both in Durham, were each charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree kidnapping and felony conspiracy.
The man had been abducted outside a convenience store at 2406 Holloway St. about 1:15 a.m. when two men came up to him with guns and forced him to drive away with them in his car, according to the account he gave police.
When he saw Wheelers cruiser, he jumped out of his car, police said.
The man was taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment of injuries from being hit with the guns, but they did not appear to be life threatening.
Nelson and Jones were each being held in lieu of $1 million bail.