Suspect arrested in kidnapping, crash on New Bern Ave.

From staff reportsJune 6, 2014 

— A suspect has been arrested in a kidnapping connected to a crash that closed the eastbound lanes of New Bern Avenue early Friday morning, police said.

Jonathan Xavier Mejia, 22, faces charges including first-degree kidnapping, felony serious injury by a vehicle and driving while impaired, Raleigh police said in a news release late Friday.

A woman called 911 at 4:43 a.m. to report that a man had kidnapped a woman from an apartment in the 200 block of Merrell Drive, off Sunnybrook Road.

“Her ex-boyfriend just came to the house, and he drug her out of the house by her hair and he took her forcibly with him,” the unidentified woman told a dispatcher, according to a recording of the call made public Friday afternoon.

It’s unknown whether the caller was in the house at the time, but she said she was calling minutes after the incident.

“She was telling him, ‘I don't want to go with you, I don't want to go with you,’” the woman told a dispatcher. The man had previously thereatened the caller and threatened to kill the woman, according to the caller.

The dispatcher told the caller that officers were “pouring into the area,” but the man had apparently fled with the woman in his Ford Explorer.

At 4:50 a.m. another shaken caller reported a single-car crash in the 3800 block of New Bern Avenue, between Trawick Road and Corporation Parkway. Someone had flagged her down and asked her to call 911, she said.

“There’s a car turned upside down. The lady’s on the ground, the man’s bleeding,” the caller said. The woman also was bleeding heavily, she said, and apparently was losing consciousness.

“They’re coming, sweetheart,” the caller is heard saying on the recording. “You alright, sweetie. Stay woke, stay woke.”

Soon after, a dispatcher told the caller that it might be best to wait in the caller’s vehicle.

The vehicle involved in the accident matched the description of the one from the kidnapping call, police said. The road’s eastbound lanes remained closed until about 8 a.m.

Mejia was being held late Friday at the Wake County Detention Center.


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