Man charged with robbing women at church

| January 16, 2010

A Statesville man has been charged with armed robbery and kidnapping after police there say he took two women from a church and drove them to ATMs to retrieve money on New Year's Eve. Adam Joe Louis Jordan III was charged Friday with four counts of armed robbery, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of second-degree kidnapping and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Jordan was already in Catawba Jail after he was charged with an armed robbery in Hickory from last week. On Friday, he was also charged with two unrelated robberies at one Family Dollar Store on Oct. 19 and Oct. 29.

Detectives were trying Friday they were seeing if they could link him to other cases.

On New Year's Eve, Statesville police say an armed man walked into Broad Street United Methodist Church wearing a ski mask and a hoodie.

The receptionist and the business manager had a gun stuck in their faces and the suspect demanded money, Rev. Donald Shurman told NewsChannel 36, the Observer's news partner.

There was no money in the church safe, so the gunman grabbed both women and kidnapped them using a car belonging to one of the victims. Police say one woman was put in the trunk, the other in the passenger seat.

He then drove them along West Broad Street to a couple of ATMs belonging to Bank of America and BB&T. The BB&T is where police were able to get a security camera photo.

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Category: Church Security