Salem Police have charged a Roanoke man with hiding in the back of a woman’s car while she used a walk-up ATM, robbing her when she got back in, and forcing her to drive to another ATM in an attempt to get more money. Police say it happened July 15th on the 1400 Block of Apperson, and while they did not identify the bank, there is a Wells Fargo branch with a walk-up ATM on that block. Police arrested 31-year-old James Wesley Moore of Roanoke yesterday.
Here is the full Salem Police news release:
On Friday, July 15, the Salem Police Department was called to investigate an abduction that occurred in the 1400 block of Apperson Drive at approximately 5:15 p.m. The victim reported exiting a bank branch in that area after using an ATM.
As the victim entered her vehicle, she encountered a male suspect who was hiding in the back of the car.
The suspect produced a weapon, demanded money and forced the victim to drive to a different ATM located in Roanoke City in an attempt to retrieve more money. No one was injured during the abduction and the victim was able to get away on foot and alert police.
A subsequent investigation conducted by the Salem Police Department led to the arrest of 31-year-old
James Wesley Moore of Roanoke. The suspect was taken into custody around 11 a.m. on August 31 and charged with robbery and abduction. The suspect is currently being held in the Roanoke County/Salem Jail without bond.