Man accused of trying to kidnap ex-wife and robbing Lenoir County store

LENOIR COUNTY - A Lenoir County man is being jailed under more than a $1 million bond for allegedly trying to kidnap his ex-wife and robbing the store she was working at.

According to the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office, 31-year-old William Harper, of Kinston, went to Mallards Food Shop on U.S. 70 West in La Grange at about 8:50 a.m. Friday. His ex-wife was working as a clerk at that store and already had a domestic violence order placed against him, said deputies.

Investigators said Harper first tried to kidnap his ex-wife from the store. When the victim refused to cooperate, Harper brandished a "black and silver object" and demanded money from the cash register, the Sheriff's Office stated. Harper also threatened to kill his ex-wife, deputies added.

Harper was able to steal an undisclosed amount of money and escaped in a stolen vehicle from another county, said investigators. Deputies later arrested Harper in northern Lenoir County and the stolen vehicle was returned to its owner.

Harper said he used the money he stolen to buy crack cocaine, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Harper has been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping, and violating a domestic violence order. He received a $1,001,500 bond.


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