Johnston County

Clayton police: Raleigh man kidnapped newspaper carrier, threatened officer

Police say a Raleigh man kidnapped and robbed a newspaper carrier after she agreed to give him a ride on Christmas.

Police say Sherry Morgan was delivering copies of The News & Observer in Raleigh early Thursday, when 33-year-old Trent Lesean Creech approached her car and asked for a ride to Clayton. “Out of kindness,” Morgan agreed to take him, according to a Clayton Police Department news release.

But during the ride, police say Morgan, who works as a contractor for a company that delivers the N&O, became uncomfortable and was concerned about finishing her route. When she asked Creech to get out, he pulled out a knife, saying he would hurt her if she didn’t give him money or keep driving, according to the release.

Police say Morgan was able to stop the car, flee and call 911. Based on her description of the man and her car, police found Creech driving on U.S. 70 Business.

Officers tried to pull Creech over, but he didn’t stop. They chased him to the Maplewood Cemetery in Clayton, where after initially parking the car, Creech tried to run over an officer who was on foot, police say.

The officer, Rob Moyer, fired one shot that did not hit Creech or the car, according to the town.

Creech then fled on foot, and officers arrested him.

Creech, of 2101 Southgate Drive in Raleigh, was charged with first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, felonious restraint, fleeing to elude arrest, larceny of a motor vehicle, financial card theft, injury to personal property and assault on a law enforcement officer.

Creech is being held under a $362,500 secured bond at the Johnston County jail.

Following the department’s protocol, Moyer is on administrative leave until the investigation into the incident is done.