Sunday, August 14, 2022

2 of 4 suspects still wanted for allegedly tying up, terrorizing, kidnapping victim

From left to right: Alvin Sabatell, Kayla Floyd, Kimberly Martinez, Richard Blanton

WILMINGTON — Warrants provide gruesome details into the kidnapping and assault case Wilmington Police Department has been investigating this week.

Monday, WPD responded to a call in reference to a kidnapping , just before 6:30 p.m., in the 4400 block of Market Street. Once on the scene, officers discovered an injured 32-year-old man and transported him to the hospital. He has since been released.

Richard Blanton, a 33-year-old from Hampstead, and Kimberly Martinez, a 22-year-old from Wilmington, were caught at Market Street and Kerr Avenue by deputies shortly after dispatch. Warrants allege Martinez and Blanton had tied up the victim, assaulted him repeatedly with fists, threatened him with knives and other weapons, and choked him with a tow cable, leaving ligature marks. They then allegedly stole his phone, keys, a wallet and the victim’s truck — a total value of $20,000 — according to the warrants.

The two are accused of inflicting serious injury on the victim, terrorizing him and not releasing him to a safe place once injured. They were charged with first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and assault by strangulation. Blanton is being held under a $500,000 secured bond, and Martinez has a $250,000 secured bond.

As of Wednesday, WPD is looking for two more suspects — 27-year-old Alvin Sabatell and 33-year-old Kayla Floyd — for their alleged roles in the assault and kidnapping. Both are wanted on the same charges as the other two: armed robbery, kidnapping and assault by strangulation.

Officers located their getaway car — the victim’s stolen GMC Sierra — unoccupied Tuesday, but have not disclosed where exactly it was found. The perpetrators were last seen leaving the Travel Inn, in the same block WPD says the crimes took place, according to news releases from the department.

Floyd is described as a white female, 5-foot-4-inches tall, and 150 pounds. Sabatell is a Black male, 6-foot-4-inches tall, and about 200 pounds.

According to warrants, this time last year — on Mar. 29, 2021 — Sabatell was charged with assault on a New Hanover County Sheriff’s officer. He refused to provide his name and grabbed an officer’s leg, attempting to push the deputy away as he was being detained, warrants state.

Anyone who sees the suspects should be cautious, not approach and call 911, a WPD spokesperson said.


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Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands is a journalist covering New Hanover County and education. Before Port City Daily, she reported for the award-winning State Port Pilot in Southport. She graduated from UNC Charlotte and wrote for several Charlotte publications while there. When not writing, Williams is most likely in the gym, reading or spending time with her Golden Pyrenees. Reach her at alexandria@localdailymedia.com or on Twitter @alexsands_

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