Winston-Salem man pleads guilty to robbing, kidnapping woman
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon to charges that he kidnapped and robbed a woman at knifepoint last October.
Kyle Stephen Ross, 29, who lives on Greenway Avenue, pleaded guilty to robbery with a dangerous weapon and second-degree kidnapping in Forsyth Superior Court.
Judge Martin McGee of Forsyth Superior Court sentenced Ross to six years and six months to eight years and 10 months in prison.
Ross was initially charged with armed robbery and first-degree kidnapping.
Assistant District Attorney Belinda Foster said that the incident occurred on Oct. 29. The woman, an employee at Sam’s Club on Summit Square Boulevard, was on her lunch break and sitting in her car in the parking lot.
Her windows were down, and Ross handed her a religious pamphlet, Foster said. Ross then went to the other side of the car, displayed a knife, and got into the vehicle with the woman, according to Foster.
Ross forced the woman into the passenger seat and drove to a nearby ATM machine and made the woman withdraw $400. Then he drove to a bowling alley and told the woman that he knew where she lived based on a former address that was on her driver’s license, Foster said.
The woman was not harmed, and Ross got out of the vehicle in the 3500 block of North Patterson Avenue, Winston-Salem police said.
Foster said that a break in the case when someone called police and said that Ross had admitted to the robbery to other people. Police picked Ross up and he initially said that the incident involved a drug transaction, but he later confessed to the robbery and kidnapping.
Ross apologized to the woman, who was seated on the front row in the courtroom.
“I’m sorry,” he said. “I’ve got two sisters and I would not want that to happen to them.”
Paul James, Ross’s attorney, said that Ross took responsibility early in the investigation and that after some run-ins with the law, he wants to turn his life around.
He also said that while not excusing his actions, Ross did not use a gun and did not harm the woman.