A North Carolina woman is shot in the face, but still manages to survive.
On Business Route 95, in Fayetteville, North Carolina State Troopers Chris Dew and Ron Knight stopped to compare notes during a routine patrol. According to Ron Knight, two minutes into their conversation they were interrupted:
The young woman had been shot in the face with a twelve-gauge, double-barreled shotgun. Her left jaw was completely shattered and she was unable to speak. She had no identification. It was not until ten hours later, when her condition stabilized, that she was able to write down her mother’s name and telephone number. Police discovered that the victim was from Winston-Salem, 120 miles away. Detective Ken Bishop, of the Winston-Salem Police Department, worked on the case with Fayetteville investigators:
Although the victim could not speak, she was able to write down a detailed description of the savage attack and the attacker. Police fear that if the man responsible for this hideous crime is not caught, he could easily strike again. The young victim who was attacked, courageously agreed to be interviewed. Because she has requested that we not use her real name, we will call her Debbie. This is Debbie’s story…
On the morning of March 22, 1990, Debbie made a large cash withdrawal from the First Union Bank in Winston-Salem. When she left the bank at 9:40 AM, a gunman entered her gray station wagon and forced her to drive to a liquor store, three miles away. The man went inside to buy whiskey, holding Debbie’s car keys and keeping a close eye on her. Debbie was terrified because he threatened to kill everyone in the liquor store if she tried to escape. The man then ordered Debbie to head towards Fayetteville. For four agonizing hours, he threatened her life, drank heavily, and bragged that he had once killed a man in New York. For Debbie, the journey was a living hell:
About three miles north of Fayetteville, the man forced Debbie to pull off the road. Debbie made an attempt to escape, but she was unable to flee from her kidnapper. At almost that same moment, State Trooper Ron Knight noticed Debbie’s gray station wagon:
Debbie was beaten and sexually assaulted, then left for dead after being shot in the face. The next day, Debbie’s station wagon was found abandoned three hundred miles away, in northern Florida. Authorities in Fayetteville investigated the crime scene. Their search turned up a dark blue pea jacket and brown cloth gloves. According to Ken Bishop, both smelled like petroleum:
Debbie’s assailant was about five feet ten inches tall and weighed between 150 and 160 pounds. For Debbie, until her attacker is found she’ll never feel completely safe: