Wilmington police issue warning after two college students kidnapped, robbed at gunpoint

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Police are searching for the man in this photo, who police suspect robbed, kidnapped and assaulted two area college students.
Police are searching for the man in this photo, who police suspect robbed, kidnapped and assaulted two area college students.

WILMINGTON — Detectives are in search of a black male they say recently assaulted, kidnapped and robbed two area college students at an off-campus apartment complex in Wilmington.

Police are also asking college students to remain aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.

According to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay, one suspect – 27-year-old Treddia Marie Sullivan – has already been arrested and is facing felony charges in the case.

The incident happened in the late evening hours of Tuesday, Nov. 22. Police say a black male entered the students’ apartment on Litchfield Way in the Cape Cottages apartment complex and held the victims at gun point.

The victims — a male and a female — were “violently” assaulted inside the apartment, then forced to into one of the victims’ vehicles, Lindsay said. The students were then forced to drive around town for a short while.

Lindsay said police are warning area college students, especially those off campus, to be extra vigilant, to remain aware of their surroundings, vary their routines and to report any suspicious activity to police, immediately.

While en route, the male suspect made the students withdraw cash out of an ATM and stop along Market Street to pick-up a woman now identified as Sullivan, Lindsay said. The students and the two suspects returned to the victims’ apartment, where the female victim was sexually assaulted.

According to police, the suspects stole several items from the victims’  home before they fled from the apartment.

The victims reported the incident to police after the fact, Lindsay said. The students were treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening. Further information about the students is being withheld at this time due to concerns for their safety, she added.

Treddia Marie Sullivan
Treddia Marie Sullivan

Sullivan was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of first-degree kidnapping. She was booked at the New Hanover County Jail under a $300,000 secured bond.

Police are still in search of the male suspect. He is described as a 6-foot tall black male with short dreadlocked hair and brown eyes. He wore all dark clothing during the incident and appeared to have an injury to his right index finger.

“Detectives believe this man is dangerous and anyone with any information should call police immediately,” Lindsay said.

Lindsay said police are warning area college students, especially those off campus, to be extra vigilant, to remain aware of their surroundings, vary their routines and to report any suspicious activity to police, immediately.

Anyone with information about this case or who may have seen the male suspect is asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3609 or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES. Start your message with Tip708, then type your tip.

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