Published On: Thu, Jun 22nd, 2017

North Carolina man Rollin Owens kidnaps family, forces them to shop at Target

A North Carolina man has been arrested after police detailed how he kidnapped a family at gunpoint and forced them to take him shopping at Target and a convenient store. Identified as Rollin Anthony Owens Jr., the man is linked to three other robbery cases and two kidnapping cases.

Owens, 29, knocked on the door of a house on Tuesday asking for money. The resident complied, but police explained that Owens used a gun to force himself inside and demand the residents, a man, woman and two children — out of the house and into their vehicle.

Owens allegedly made the driver take him to a convenience store, then a Target where a victim managed to ask an employee for help. The employee called 911 and the man was arrested in the parking lot.

In fact, officers happened to be in the parking lot of Target when the call came out and were able to arrest him without incident.

“They caught him so that gives a peace of mind that others don’t always have,” the unidentified male driver told WRAL. “We’re lucky. That’s the bottom line.”

The man forced the male driver to go to an ATM and withdraw money, Durham Police said. He also forced him to drive to a convenience store before forcing them to drive to Target on Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard.

Police says Owens is charged in connection with three other robbery cases, two of which involved kidnapping. — he now faces 30 total charges.

Owens is facing numerous charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping, assault inflicting serious injury and assault by pointing a gun. He was also arrested on prior charges of felony larceny, breaking and entering, obtaining property by false pretense and trespassing.

He is in jail under a $1 million bond.

ABC 11 listed some crimes he’s connected to in just the last few days, check out the dates.


Rollin Anthony Owens

Owens was also charged with committing a series of armed robberies and kidnappings during the past few days, including these cases:

  • On June 17, a man was at Burch Avenue Park with his two young children when a man approached him around 10:45 a.m. and asked for money. The man then put a gun to the victim’s head as the victim was putting his children in a car. The suspect forced the victim to drive him to an ATM and withdraw money and then drive him to a convenience store. The suspect got out of the car on Estes Street and fled.
  • On June 18 around 2:30 a.m., a male was walking on Morgan Street when a man approached him and demanded money. When the victim said he had no money, the man put a gun to his stomach and then fled. The suspect approached the victim again a short time later, put a gun to his stomach and again asked for money. The suspect fled without any cash.
  • On June 18, two brothers, ages 31 and 32, were in a parking lot of an apartment complex on Duke University Road around 11:15 p.m. when a man armed with a gun approached them and asked for money. The younger brother struggled with the suspect and the suspect hit him on the head and face numerous times with his gun. The suspect then forced the younger brother into the trunk of a vehicle and forced the older brother to drive the vehicle to an ATM and a convenience store to buy cigarettes. The suspect fled from the vehicle at an unknown location. The younger brother was treated for lacerations to his face and head and a possible concussion.
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