2 charged with break-ins, kidnapping, but case puzzles Apex police

James Spencer Wise
James Spencer Wise

What police say was a case of two men looking for someone in the wrong places – and doing it twice and in the middle of the day – landed two men in jail facing charges of breaking into a building to terrorize and kidnapping.

James Spencer Wise, 19, of 4912 Highland Park Court, a Raleigh address in Wake County, and Pedro Jose Fuster-Massa, 30, of 5613 Black Maple Drive in Raleigh, were arrested at a mobile home on Gilby Road about 12:30 p.m. Friday, police Capt. Ann Stephens said.

They were charged with multiple counts of second-degree kidnapping and with breaking into that home and into one around the corner on Seagram Court, then going back to the one on Gilby Road, where police were waiting for them.

All of it, Stephens said Wednesday, was because Wise and Fuster-Massa were looking for someone who was not at either home. Who that was, why they wanted the person and why they thought the person was in the Apex neighborhood remained a mystery, she said.

As police reconstructed events, Wise and Fuster-Massa were told at the first house they went into that the people there did not know the person the men were trying to find. The person might, however, be at the other address, they were told.

The two forced a man from Gilby Road to accompany them, and they went into the second house, Stephens said. There, police said, they held two adults and three children until deciding the person they wanted was not there either.

There was another person back at the first house, however, so they headed back around the corner, Stephens said. That person had called police, however, and the incident ended there.

“We’re still trying to piece it together,” Stephens, head of investigations for the Apex department, said Wednesday. Neither man has told detectives what it was all about.

While the questions go unanswered, Fuster-Massa was being held in the Wake County Detention Center in lieu of $1 million bail on the kidnapping and breaking-and-entering charges and one county of assault on a female. Wise was being held in lieu of $1,002,000 bail on the Apex charges and a charge of failing to appear in court Dec. 1 on earlier charges in New Hanover County of driving while impaired and underage alcohol consumption.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT