[UPDATE] by Lanetra Bennett - April 20, 2011
A FAMU student survives a kidnapping and attempted robbery early Wednesday morning.
Tallahassee Police say it started in the parking lot of the University Courtyard Apartments on South Adams Street around 2:00 a.m.
The victim's roommate, Gavin Molden, says the woman was returning home from a study session when a man pointed a gun in her back and told her to get in her car, along with another suspect.
The roommate says the men asked for $500, and they allowed her to call her mother in Atlanta to have the money wired.
Her mom then called police.
Molden said, "It was crazy because they really thought that they were going to be able to go to Walmart and get the money from the wire transfer. She was little shaken up at first, but then when she realized that how dumb the criminals were, she thought that she might be able to think her way out of this, the situation."
Police say they caught up with 19-year-old La'Vontray Wright and 17-year-old Roshun Harris in the area of Capital Circle and Apalachee Parkway.
Their charges include armed kidnapping and attempted robbery with a firearm.
The victim was not harmed.
PRESS RELEASE Tallahassee, Florida - April 20, 2011 -
Tallahassee Police Officers responded to a report of a kidnapping at 3025 South Adams Street this morning, April 20th, 2011, at approximately 2:11AM. Officers and responding investigators determined suspects Wright and Harris approached the victim in the parking lot of the apartment complex and forced her into her own vehicle at gun point. They demanded cash from her as they drove away from the area.
A family member notified TPD of the kidnapping. Sergeant Jason Laursen and Officer David Stith located the victim’s vehicle traveling in the area of Capital Circle Southeast and Apalachee Parkway. They were able to stop the vehicle in the parking lot of a nearby apartment complex and take both suspects into custody. The victim was not injured in this incident. A stolen firearm was recovered from the suspects. The gun was stolen during a burglary in Gadsden County in 2000.
Both subjects were charged with Armed Kidnapping to Facilitate a Felony, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Attempted Robbery with a Firearm, and Armed Carjacking. Wright was also charged with Resisting Arrest without Violence, Furnishing a Firearm to a Minor and Driving while License Suspended.
La’Vontray Wright Roshun Harris
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