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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Wake County authorities are looking into a series of armed robberies and kidnappings in the last week.

According to the sheriff’s office, an armed man kidnapped a woman in a neighborhood Thursday night and made her drive to a nearby ATM. Investigators say the woman escaped and the gunman drove off in her car.

Last Sunday, investigators said a woman told police that she and a male friend were walking home from a wedding when they were approached by a man who put a gun to her face. The bandit assaulted the male victim and then took the woman’s purse, which contained credit cards and a mobile phone, before fleeing on foot, the sheriff’s office said.

Later on Sunday, a man whose description matched that of the assailant in the previous incident made a woman drive him in her Jeep Cherokee to a bank. The woman told the 911 dispatcher that the man made her drive him to a bank, where she gave him $40.

The sheriff’s office said the man hid in the backseat of the Cherokee as he ordered her to drive near an interchange with Interstate 40. The man then made her get out of the SUV, got behind the wheel and sped off.

On Monday, a man forced his way into a couple’s home held them at gunpoint and stole money and jewelry from them. He then ordered them into their car and forced them to drive to an ATM and withdraw cash. After demanding they drive back to their home, he stole electronics before forcing them to drive away again. He eventually dropped them off down the street and dumped their car a block away.

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