MAIDEN, N.C. -- A Greensboro man is expected to survive after he was kidnapped at gunpoint and stabbed nearly a dozen times on his morning commute. An officer found the bloodied man in the road in Maiden hours later.
Maiden police officer Brandon Winstead was on a routine patrol around lunchtime Monday when he saw William Dickey, 62, lying on the ground next to his SUV.
"I saw a white male laying on his back covered in blood," Winstead said.
His throat was slashed and nearly a dozen stab wounds and cuts covered his body.
Investigators say Dickey lives in Greensboro but works in Bessemer City. He stopped to rest on his commute that morning down Interstate 40 at a rest station near the Catawba and Iredell county lines.
When he woke up, Dickey saw two men outside his SUV with a gun. Investigators say one suspect forced him to drive through Catawba County, while the other followed in an older model black pickup truck. They left him in a cul-de-sac in Maiden hours later.
"I got out, when I got out of the vehicle, he said, 'Please don't hurt me.' I'm assuming he thought that I was the suspects," Winstead said.
Police searched the area and are working with businesses hoping to find surveillance video of the kidnapping.
Police say Dickey's laptop was stolen and possibly some cash.
He was airlifted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, but a family friend said he is expected to survive.