Woman thwarts robber

Published 9:59 am Thursday, April 5, 2018

A Mocksville woman escaped with minor injuries Friday after being kidnapped from her home in the Garden Valley neighborhood.

Police credit her quick thinking and neighbors for stopping the suspect within minutes after the 8:45 a.m. incident.

The suspect, Myles Mitchell, 23, was charged with robbery, kidnapping, breaking and entering, and assault with a deadly weapon. Police said he is from Davie County, but gave officers an incorrect address when arrested.

The suspect, wielding a knife, entered the home and demanded money from the woman. When she told him there was little cash in the house, he forced her into her car for a ride to the bank to get more.

The victim noticed a garbage truck with a worker, and stopped the car there and got out screaming. By this time, several neighbors were watching, and the suspect fled on foot, said Mocksville Police Major Koula Black.

He was apprehended within minutes by Mocksville police officers, who were assisted by the Davie County Sheriff’s Department on the scene, she said.

She would not say whether the attack was random.

“The woman was smart,” Black said. “Big kudos to everybody in the neighborhood who were a big help.”