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Raleigh serial kidnapping, robbery suspect faces more charges

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The man charged in connection with a string of kidnappings and robberies in Raleigh faces four additional charges.

Walter Kevin Johnson, 28, was arrested Friday in connection with eight crimes that occurred between Sept. 22 and Oct. 8. Among a number of other charges, he faces nine counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, one count of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of first-degree kidnapping and three counts of second-degree kidnapping.

On Monday, Johnson was charged with assault by pointing a gun and assault on a female. On Tuesday, he was charged with obtaining property by false pretense. And on Wednesday, he was also charged with obtaining property by false pretense.

Johnson was stopped by Raleigh police on Glenwood Avenue near Pleasant Valley Road around 1:15 p.m. Friday, police said.

Johnson's arrest came after an unidentified woman who lives with him called 911 when she noticed "evidence all over the house" that he may possibly be the suspect.

In a 911 call released Tuesday, the unidentified woman said Johnson had "lately been acting really weird," adding that she wasn't sure if he was even employed anymore.

When asked by the dispatcher why she suspected the man to be the robbery suspect, the caller, who said she had a newborn in the home, said, "I suspect it because there is evidence all over the house."

She said that he'd been returning home at 2 a.m., claiming to have been at work.

Johnson, who is married with kids, was reportedly experiencing financial problems, which investigators are looking at as a possible motive for the robberies.

Recently, he owned an Internet marketing company called 1855 Media, which was headquartered in the Captrust tower in North Hills.

Johnson lives a couple blocks from Pleasant Valley Road, where many of the robberies happened.

In total, Johnson faces 27 charges:

  • nine counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon
  • three counts of first-degree kidnapping
  • three counts of second-degree kidnapping
  • two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • one count of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon
  • one count of first-degree burglary
  • one count of possession of stolen property
  • one count of larceny of a firearm
  • one count of extortion
  • one count of larceny of a motor vehicle
  • one count of assault by pointing a gun
  • one count of assault on a female

Raleigh police said the charges are related to crimes committed on the following dates:

  • Sept. 22 in the 4800 block of Pleasant Valley Road
  • Sept. 22 in the 4300 block of Furman Hall
  • Sept. 24 in the 1000 block of Collins Drive
  • Sept. 25 in the 1400 block of Hopson Downs Court
  • Sept. 26 in the 5000 block of Stonebridge Drive
  • Sept. 27 in the 4900 block of Wynneford Way
  • Oct. 4 in the 2400 block of Chelmsford Drive
  • Oct. 8 in the 6200 block of Ridgefield Street

Law enforcement will continue to investigate the incidents. Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said he expects more charges to be filed against Johnson. He also said there could be more arrests.

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