ZEBULON: Man charged after woman found locked in warehouse - Local news, weather, sports Savannah | WSAV On Your Side

Woman locked in warehouse met suspect online, Zebulon police say

Posted: Updated:
Police say a 34-year-old German woman was held against her will in a Zebulon warehouse. Police say a 34-year-old German woman was held against her will in a Zebulon warehouse.
Robert Edward Whiteside is charged with human trafficking and assault by strangulation. Robert Edward Whiteside is charged with human trafficking and assault by strangulation.
ZEBULON, N.C. -

A Zebulon man has been charged with human trafficking and assault by strangulation after a German woman told police he held her against her will.

The Zebulon Police Department said it received a tip Monday morning from a person in Germany claiming that a woman was being held against her will at a warehouse.

Following up on the tip, officers met 44-year-old Robert Edward Whiteside at a warehouse on Mack Todd Road, which was thought to be the location of the victim.

Police said they located the 34-year-old woman, who told officers that she had been in the United States since June 4, and that she had been physically and sexually assaulted, and stripped of her finances. Police said she was kept inside a secret bedroom behind a closet wall inside the warehouse, which Whiteside used to refurbish bathtubs.

Whiteside was subsequently charged with human trafficking and assault by strangulation. Police said more charges could be filed as the case unfolds.

Zebulon Police Chief Tim Hayworth said it appears Whiteside and the woman began chatting online after she responded to a personal ad he posted. Hayworth said officers found airplane ticket stubs showing Whiteside paid for her to come to the U.S.

Police said there is no evidence to believe there are any other victims.

The woman is in good health and has been moved to a safe house, police said.

Whiteside is being held on $250,000 bond in the Wake County jail pending a first court appearance on Tuesday.

Copyright 2014 WNCN. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • WEATHER: Waterspout Spotted Off the Coast of Tybee Island

    WEATHER: Waterspout Spotted Off the Coast of Tybee Island

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:51 AM EDT2014-08-01 15:51:17 GMT
    The National Weather Service confirms that a water spout was spotted off the coast of Tybee Island on Friday morning. The Chatham Count Emergency Management agency says the island did activate its outdoor warning system and cleared the beach.At this time, weather reports do not indicated the waterspout will make landfall, but it is recommended to avoid the beach until the storm has passed.
    The National Weather Service confirms that a water spout was spotted off the coast of Tybee Island on Friday morning. The Chatham Count Emergency Management agency says the island did activate its outdoor warning system and cleared the beach.At this time, weather reports do not indicated the waterspout will make landfall, but it is recommended to avoid the beach until the storm has passed.
  • Screams, panic caught on video as shark charges at swimmers near beach

    Screams, panic caught on video as shark charges at swimmers near beach

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:48:04 GMT
    Facebook image from Dan FlynnFacebook image from Dan Flynn
    A Florida beach cleared out – with the exception of a woman and lifeguard who tried to save her – when a shark was spotted heading straight toward swimmers on Tuesday afternoon. The panic of the 10-foot shark and people screaming from the pier was caught on tape.
    A Florida beach cleared out – with the exception of a woman and lifeguard who tried to save her – when a shark was spotted heading straight toward swimmers on Tuesday afternoon. The panic of the 10-foot shark and people screaming from the pier was caught on tape.
  • Bikini-clad mom of 5 writes viral letter to bullies who mocked her stretch marks

    Bikini-clad mom of 5 writes viral letter to bullies who mocked her stretch marks

    Friday, August 1 2014 4:17 PM EDT2014-08-01 20:17:45 GMT
    Tanis Jex-Blake Facebook page photoTanis Jex-Blake Facebook page photo
    A mother of five who was mocked for her stretch marks while sunbathing at the beach has written an open letter to the trio who bullied her. That letter has now gone viral with more than a million likes and 218,000 shares.
    A mother of five who was mocked for her stretch marks while sunbathing at the beach has written an open letter to the trio who bullied her. That letter has now gone viral with more than a million likes and 218,000 shares.
Powered by WorldNow

1430 East Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Telephone: 912.651.0300
Fax: 912.651.0320
Email: newsemailalert@wsav.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.