Police: Suspect arrested in kidnapping, sexual assault in Mount Airy

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Police have arrested a suspect in a kidnapping and sexual assault that occurred at the Walmart on Hanes Mill Road Monday night.

The Mount Airy Police Department arrested Robert Jeremy Haynes,26, and charged him with kidnapping, rape and robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the crime.

According to police, a female victim was shopping at the Walmart on Hanes Mill Road around 10:30 p.m. on Monday, when she left her car unlocked while returning a shopping cart. 

When she returned to her vehicle and drove off, she discovered a man hiding in the backseat. 

The suspect then forced the victim to drive to the Mount Airy area, where he sexually assaulted her, according to authorities.

Sources close to the investigation say surveillance video shows the suspect followed the woman inside the Walmart while she shopped, then went to the parking lot to wait for her.

“Until you are put in that situation you don’t know what you’ll do,” said shopper Babbette Mabe. “Times are getting harder for a lot of people and a lot of people take drastic measures. It’s just really sad.”

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