Sunday, August 14, 2022

Two suspects wanted for assault, kidnapping arrested

WILMINGTON — According to the Wilmington Police Department, two suspects wanted in a kidnapping and assault case have been located.

Officers arrested 33-year-old Kayla Floyd and 27-year-old Alvin Sabatell around 3 a.m. Friday, according to a press release. The two were found near 8th and Queen streets and have been charged with first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and assault by strangulation.

Monday evening, around 6:27 p.m., police responded to a call in the 4400 block of Market Street. On the scene they discovered a male victim who had been assaulted and kidnapped. He was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries and has since been discharged.

Four people in total were involved in the incident, including Richard Blanton, a 33-year-old from Hampstead, and Kimberly Martinez, a 22-year-old from Wilmington. The police caught Blanton and Martinez on Market Street and Kerr Avenue shortly after a call came in about the kidnapping.

The warrants note Martinez and Blanton 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 also stole his phone, keys, a wallet and truck — a total value of $20,000.

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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.

Sabatell and Floyd were on the lam a few days after the incident. The WPD said the public sent several tips that helped officers make their arrests.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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