NC man charged with kidnapping after woman tied up with duct tape, zip ties

MOREHEAD CITY, NC (WNCT) – A Newport man has been arrested after police said he kidnapped and threatened to kill a woman in Morehead City Friday morning.

Stephen De Los Santos, 32, of Newport, was charged with first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault by strangulation and sexual battery.

The Morehead City Police Department said the kidnapping occurred on Arendell Street and Bridges Street around 5:00 a.m.

Police said De Los Santos was armed with a knife and threatened to kill a 25-year-old woman who works in the area.

The woman was tied up in with duct tape and zip ties, but she was able to use Siri on her phone to call the police.

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