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Deputies say Friday's attempted kidnapping is similar to previous crimes

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A woman was forced into a home in 4900 block of Wynneford Way by a man wearing a Halloween-type mask. (Patrick Priest, WNCN). A woman was forced into a home in 4900 block of Wynneford Way by a man wearing a Halloween-type mask. (Patrick Priest, WNCN).
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Deputies say an attempted kidnapping and robbery Friday night is believed to be connected with several others that have occurred in Raleigh over the course of the week.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office said a woman arrived at a home in the 4900 block of Wynneford Way to dog sit for a friend, when a man wearing a Halloween-type mask approached her around 9 p.m. and forced her into the home, where he demanded money and jewelry.

The woman told the man that she did not live there and did not know where anything was, so the man insisted she drive them to an ATM to withdraw money.

Once outside the home, the woman told the man she did not know where her keys were, so he pushed her to the ground and kicked her.

While walking away, the man removed his mask and the victim was able to identify the man as being black with light colored or brown skin and very closely cut hair.

Deputies say the woman found her keys and drover herself to a Han-Dee Hugo's on Falls of Neuse Road. The woman suffered abrasions on her head, arms and knees.

Deputies say the crime is similar to others that have been committed over the past several days in that general area and the Sheriff's Office is working closely with the Raleigh Police Department as the investigation continues.

The latest kidnapping occurred Thursday night when a woman was forced at gunpoint to drive an armed man to an ATM off Duraleigh Road.

The first robbery took place around 2 a.m. on Sept. 22 in the 4800 block of Pleasant Valley Road. Police said two people were walking on a sidewalk when they were approached by a suspect who was armed with a hand gun. The male victim was assaulted and the suspect took the purse belonging to the female victim before fleeing on foot.

The second robbery took place at 11:50 p.m. on Sept. 22 in the 4300 block of Furman Hall. Police said a female was approached after getting out of her vehicle in her apartment complex. The suspect was armed with a handgun and forced the victim back in her vehicle and ordered her to drive to an ATM. The suspect later ordered the victim to get out of her vehicle near Interstate 40 and Wade Avenue and drove away. The vehicle was later located at the victim's residence.

A third robbery took place Sept. 23 at approximately 10:30 p.m. when a female victim was approached by an armed suspect in the 1000 block of Collins Drive. The suspect was between the victim's vehicle and residence. When the victim screamed, the victim's husband opened the door to investigate and the suspect forced the female inside the house.

The suspect in the first three incidents is described as a black man, about six feet tall with a medium build. During the first two robberies, the suspect was wearing a black motorcycle helmet with a full-faced shield, black motorcycle-style jacket and black pants and shoes.

While committing the third crime, he wore all black except for an orange and yellow zip-up jacket with a turtle neck that covered much of his face.

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