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Monday, January 05, 2009

Short attention span theater

Whatever happened to this story?
A Bank of America manager and his teen daughter are safe after three armed suspects kidnapped them Thursday morning, according to Durham Police.

Kammie Michael, spokeswoman for Durham Police, tells NBC17 that the man and his 13-year-old daughter were driving on Pineburr Place when a vehicle bumped them from behind. The father got out of his Mercedes to talk to the people that hit his car. Three people confronted the man at gunpoint and forced him back into his car.

"It sounds like ... if they went up behind him and carjacked him, they had to been at least following him," Durham Police Lt. Mark Sykes said. "Planning out ... doing their homework."

According to Michael, at that point the suspects put the daughter into the trunk of the vehicle that caused the accident. Michael said the daughter was able to get out of the trunk safely, but couldn't provide details on how the daughter was able to escape. She flagged down a Sheriff's Deputy.

Police say the bank manager and one of the suspects drove to the Bank of America at 3807 North Duke Street in the victim's car, followed by another suspect in a grey colored SUV.

I know the needs of the news cycle force us to have short attention spans, but this was a front page story for a day or two just a month ago, and then just completely disappeared without arrests, updates, or debunking. Do we have three kidnappers at large in our community or not? Do we have a news media that knows the meaning of the word followup? Do we have a police department that's willing to determine whether a crime was committed or not and share that information with the public?

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8 Comments:

  • Barry,
    I checked with our newsdesk here at NBC17 and this was the response I got:

    "We have been in contact with the FBI and Durham Police Department. They tell us that the case is still under investigation and the FBI will send out a press release when there is new information."

    I know that doesn't really answer you question, but thought I'd pass along the information.

    By Blogger Ginny, at 1:38 PM  

  • Thanks, Ginny!

    By Blogger Barry, at 1:46 PM  

  • There've been 2 similar deals in the DC area recently (with some blame being put on Hollywood movie/s, well, and people of color or of other countries or whatever).

    http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Prince-Georges-County-Barricade-May-Include-Hostage.html

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/06/AR2008100603159.html (in this one, two of the suspects were arrested in Raleigh, coincidentally...but that didn't make news around here...hmmm...).

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-md.bankrobberies31dec31,0,3976100.story

    By Blogger Miss Ann Thrope, at 2:47 PM  

  • So you're saying that there's a real chance this crime occurred exactly as reported. OK, not my first reaction, but i've been wrong before.

    given that, though, couldn't one of our media outlets do what you just did, that is give us a rundown on similar crimes committed in the region? If there are 3 kidnappers running around, couldn't we get maybe a police sketch, or an update on who they might be?

    Or are we really not supposed to remember that this happened?

    By Blogger Barry, at 4:16 PM  

  • That is so 2008. Maybe they could--oh look, a butterfly!

    By OpenID mrsdependable, at 5:19 PM  

  • I know that the word of a random person on your blog doesn't count for much, but I know the 13 year-old involved and it did happen as reported.

    By Blogger a, at 11:12 PM  

  • Then doesn't that make the silence from the police department and the media even a little more concerning?

    By Blogger Barry, at 11:42 PM  

  • I thought the news was supposed to make us feel bad? At least that's why I broke myself of following the news closely.

    By Blogger Joseph H., at 3:05 AM  

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