ONLY ON WITN: Kidnapped Woman Speaks Out

A woman who was kidnapped, assaulted and robbed last week says she is lucky to have survived her ordeal.

Kimberly Matthews was found by state troopers unconscious in her car that was parked along I-95 in Halifax County a week ago.

The Wayne County woman stopped to give a ride to a man she thought she knew, but it turned out to be a total stranger who then forced her to drive away.

WITN's Michael Baldwin spoke with Matthews at her home today. Matthews says she considers herself lucky to be alive after a night of being beaten.

Matthews says every time she would do something "wrong", the man would hit her. The Grantham woman still wears the bruises from the attack on her face and arm.

The victim said it's not uncommon from where she lives for people to give other people a ride in their car, even if they don't know them. Now Matthews will do things differently. "I don't care if my friends call me up and ask for a ride, I'm going to tell them no."

Deputies in the two counties continue to search for them man, and Matthews hopes they catch him before he does this again to someone else.


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  • by anon Location: Edenton on Oct 11, 2009 at 03:47 PM
    i'm sorry about her beating but you just can't trust anyone ,you see crime is crime no matter what color you are .
  • by Cat Location: Gboro on Oct 9, 2009 at 02:47 AM
    Hwy 13 isn't exactly an interstate.. I believe that is where she picked him up at.
  • by wayneco res Location: goldsboro on Oct 8, 2009 at 01:55 PM
    I thought she stopped to give him a ride but she stated she thought she knew him, look-alike. I maybe one to do that only if I dooooo know the person well but would only do it in daylight. that way I know who I am looking at.
  • by Hey Location: Greenville on Oct 8, 2009 at 10:58 AM
    What happened to her teef? He knock her teef out to leave her toofless?
  • by Brandy on Oct 8, 2009 at 08:12 AM
    I agree with the other people. It is definitely something fishy here. You don't stop on the interstate to give a man a ride especially when you are a woman riding alone.
  • by SassyMom Location: ENC on Oct 8, 2009 at 07:24 AM
    DAVE: I agree with you. Something is amiss in this story. I'm from Wayne County and not too far from Grantham and people don't give complete strangers rides. There's more going on here that's not being told. I'm sorry that the woman got beat up and I'm glad that she is okay, but she's withholding some important information. It will all come to light eventually.
  • by Dave on Oct 7, 2009 at 09:54 PM
    That kidnapper really needs to get some sun.
  • by Dave on Oct 7, 2009 at 09:47 PM
    After reading this story, I still think that something is MISSING.
  • by Kelly Location: Lenoir Co on Oct 7, 2009 at 09:04 PM
    Someone was watching over you...becareful to all!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 7, 2009 at 01:02 PM
    yes, it is. it was printed in our local newspaper
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