Crime

Arrest made in Hickory woman’s kidnapping, robbery

Rubi Sandoval feared for her life when a man allegedly kidnapped and robbed her Tuesday evening in Hickory, telling the Observer’s media partner WBTV that she was “very scared.”

Police said the man forced 18-year-old Sandoval to drive him to a bank and ordered her to withdraw money from her bank account.

Before running off with the money, however, the suspect “kissed me and said I was beautiful,” Sandoval told WBTV.

On Thursday, police from Hickory, Mount Holly and Gaston County combined to arrest a suspect in the case, capturing Treshun Xzavian Moore-Fields, 20, at a hotel near Mount Holly. Police have not said what he will be charged with.

Hickory police said Moore-Fields is the suspect in a robbery and an attempted robbery. The two incidents happened within a 30-minute span Tuesday evening in Hickory, police said.

Sandoval said she was in the Valley Hills Mall parking lot about 5:40 p.m. Tuesday when a man approached her and demanded money or personal property at gunpoint.

Then about 6:10 p.m., a person in the parking lot of Office Max, off U.S. 70, reported being approached by a man who demanded money and personal property. The victim refused, touching off an argument. The victim yelled for help, police said, and the man drove away in a silver four-door sedan.

Police said the suspect appeared to be the same man, based on descriptions from the victims.

Police said the investigation is continuing, and anyone with information in the case is asked to call Hickory police at 828-328-5551.

WBTV contributed.

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