Monday, April 15, 2024

WPD names two wanted suspects in assault, kidnapping case

Alvin Sabatell (top left) and Kayla Floyd (top right) are wanted. WPD reported them last seen leaving the Travel Inn on Market Street in a 2003 GMC Sierra (bottom right). Richard Blanton (bottom left) and Kimberly Martinez (bottom middle) face charges.

WILMINGTON —Wilmington police are searching for two individuals possibly connected to a kidnapping.

Kayla Floyd, 33, and Alvin Sabatell, 27, were last seen leaving the Travel Inn on Market Street in a tan 2003 GMC Sierra that was stolen from an alleged assault victim, according to Wilmington Police Department.

Monday evening, around 6:27 p.m., officers say they responded to a call in the 4400 block of Market Street. Once on scene, they discovered one 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.

Richard Blanton, 33, and Kimberly Martinez, 22, were arrested at Market and Kerr Avenue shortly after WPD was dispatched. Both were charged with first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and assault by strangulation. Blanton was issued a $500,000 secured bond, and Martinez received a $250,000 secured bond.

Floyd, one of the two still wanted suspects, is described as a white female, 5-feet 4-inches tall, and 150 pounds. Sabatell is a Black male, 6-feet-4-inches tall, and approximately 200 pounds.

The NC registration on the stolen vehicle is EAF-3287.

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Alexandria Sands
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 or on Twitter @alexsands_

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