Man Forced At Gunpoint To Drive To Alabama

An Edenton man is thankful to be alive today, after being kidnapped at gunpoint and being forced to drive nearly 900 miles.

Al Waff returned safely to North Carolina this afternoon.

Deputies say the 56-year-old businessman was confronted at his home Monday morning by a man wearing a hooded coat and carrying a gun.

He was told if he drove the man to Alabama he would be released unharmed.

A local search for Waff began when his family reported him missing.

Between 2:30 and 3:00 this morning he called his family saying he was safe in Alabama. Deputies say his truck has been impounded as it is being processed for evidence.

The kidnapper was about 6-feet tall, wieghing between 180 and 220 pounds with a military-style haircut.

Waff told authorities very few words were exchanged between the two on their long journey to Alabama.


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  • by Hope Location: Edenton on Dec 10, 2008 at 06:20 PM
    Al is a hard working man who rarely leaves Edenton except for his work. I know he would not make a trip like that unless at gunpoint!Not his style. There are other things he would rather be doing with his time than like fishing and hunting.
  • by Dubious Location: NC on Dec 10, 2008 at 03:33 PM
    Sounds a bit fishy to me. I wonder whether Al just ran away from home and by the time he got to Alabama he had a twinge of conscience and made up a story? If so, the police are wasting taxpayer's money looking for a non-existent kidnapper.
  • by jo Location: Edenton on Dec 10, 2008 at 02:43 PM
    Al is a neighbor of ours, and a good family man. i know he and his family have been thru so much since monday. Welcome Home AL ! glad you are home safe. God is great, and has answered our prayers again.love to you all
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Dec 10, 2008 at 04:54 AM
    Al lives just down my road. I usually carry concealed when away from my house. I guess now I'll have to even carry at home. It's a sad day when these things happen. He's lucky to have survived the ordeal. Welcome home, Al.
  • by Marie Location: Edenton on Dec 10, 2008 at 03:55 AM
    Al is a great loving man and we are so thankful for is safe return.
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