Fugitive arrested after child seeks help

By Sadia Latifi
sadia.latifi@newsobserver.com
Posted: Monday, Oct. 26, 2009
Man with outstanding arrest warrants from Charlotte now accused of taking boy, mother.

DURHAM  – A fugitive from Charlotte police was arrested Saturday night after a child ran into a gas station to ask for help, saying he had been kidnapped.

Samuel Moses McCrae III, 21, was charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury, carrying a concealed weapon, felony possession of a controlled substance and resisting a public officer, according to arrest warrants. Some charges come from outstanding warrants in Charlotte, Durham police said.

McCrae was arrested at a BP station just before 8 p.m. Saturday. Police said a child had approached a customer and said he and his mother were kidnapped in Charlotte, and that the man holding them hostage was in a car in the parking lot.

The customer called police, and McCrae was arrested at the scene.

Charlotte police may levy additional charges, including kidnapping, according to Durham police. If charged with kidnapping, McCrae would be transferred to the Mecklenburg County Jail, police said.

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police official said Sunday night said they were not aware of the arrest, but would investigate further.

McCrae was released on parole from Durham County Jail in July after an almost two-year term for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and several drug offenses. The outstanding Charlotte warrants were issued after his release, police said.

McCrae was held in the Durham jail over the weekend under a $550,000 secured bond. He faces a judge this morning.

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