LAURINBURG — Two Robeson County men have been charged with kidnapping after their victim was able to wrestle away a weapon as one of them noddd off while the car was parked at a Walmart.
The Sunday incident first appeared to be an altercation, but police said they soon learned that one of the men had been kidnapped in Robeson County and driven to Laurinburg. Lawmen said the victim was forced to get money from banks as the suspects drove around Robeson County and even stopped to buy some marijuan.
Lloyd Miller Jr., 25, of Westgate Terrace in Red Springs, and Christian Ray Dial, 17, of Jonas Drive in Shannon, are each charged with felony kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy. Miller was jailed under a $100,000 bond, and Dial under a $50,000 bond.
Miguel Silva, 43, of Shannon, told authorities he was walking to his job at Mountaire Farms in Lumber Bridge at 5:40 a.m. Sunday when the driver of an SUV stopped and offered him a ride. A female passenger told Silva that she knew one of his coworkers, according to Maj. Anthony Thompson, of the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.
Once Silva was inside the vehicle, a passenger with a firearm demanded money, Thompson said. The passenger took Silva’s wallet, which contained $60, and his bank card.
Silva told authorities that the kidnappers took him to an ATM in Red Springs, but he gave them the wrong personal identification number.
“Silva said they then went to BB&T bank and demanded the right PIN or they would kill him,” Thompson said.
They got $20 from that ATM and took Silva to Pembroke in an attempt to get more money.
At some point, a shirt was placed over the Silva’s head as he was being driven around, Thompson said.
The female eventually was dropped off in the Thunder Valley Community in Red Springs, the major said.
“The men bought food, and the driver told Silva they needed more money,” Thompson said.
Silva told investigators his kidnappers stopped to buy marijuana and continued to drive around for an unknown length of time.
When Silva was able to lift the makeshift blindfold, he realized that he was at the Walmart in Laurinburg. He said he grabbed the gun from one of his captors who was asleep and the two struggled. Patrons of the Walmart saw the commotion and called police.
“We responded to Walmart about an altercation between two males with a handgun and located a Toyota SUV,” said Cliff Sessoms, assistant police chief in Laurinburg. “The SUV attempted to flee, but punctured a tire on a curb and was stopped on (U.S. Highway) 74.
“We are just glad that everybody is unharmed and the suspects are in custody.”
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