Hector Sanchez

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NEWPORT — Authorities say a pair of customers were locked in the Save U Time convenience store Sunday by an employee who was later identified as a registered sex offender.

Newport Police Chief Keith Lewis told the News-Times Wednesday that officers responded to a call late Sunday night to the convenience store, located at 272 Chatham St.

According to Chief Lewis, two individuals, whom the chief referred to as “kids,” had gone to the store, where employee Hector Sanchez, 60, allegedly locked them inside the store.

The two juveniles tried to make a purchase, but Mr. Sanchez allegedly took their money without giving them their purchases. The department said in a release that Mr. Sanchez demanded more money, despite having been paid more than was needed already.

When the juveniles tried to leave, they found themselves locked in, the chief said. The juveniles became distressed and one used a cell phone to call a parent, who then called the police.  

When officers arrived on scene, Mr. Sanchez had allegedly released the juveniles.

The department said in its release the juveniles reported Mr. Sanchez “became very upset” after one of them called a parent and “ushered them angrily out of the store.”

The chief said Mr. Sanchez admitted to taking money from the pair of customers and locking them inside the store. He also said Mr. Sanchez had the cash the juveniles used for their purchases on his person.

The department said in its release Mr. Sanchez couldn’t provide an explanation for his actions and provided several false identities during his encounter with police.  

Officers arrested Mr. Sanchez and charged him with second degree kidnapping, unlawful restraint, larceny from the person, providing fictitious information to law enforcement and operating a motor vehicle without an operator’s license.

Later, authorities discovered Mr. Sanchez is registered in California as a sex offender and failed to report his new address.

The department said in its release Mr. Sanchez was charged by the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office with failing to register as a sex offender and additional charges related to sex offender registration and status may be forthcoming.  

As of Thursday morning, Mr. Sanchez was listed as being held at the county jail under a $35,000 secured bond.

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NEWPORT — Authorities say a pair of customers were locked in the Save U Time convenience store Sunday by an employee who was a registered sex offender.

Newport Police Chief Keith Lewis told the News-Times Wednesday that officers responded to a call late Sunday night to the convenience store, located on Chatham Street.

According to the chief, two individuals whom the chief referred to as "kids" had gone to the store, where employee Hector Sanchez, 60, allegedly locked them inside the store.

The two juveniles tried to make a purchase, but Mr. Sanchez allegedly took their money without giving them their purchases.

When the juveniles tried to leave, they found themselves locked in, the chief said. The juveniles became distressed and used their cellphones to call police.

When officers arrived on scene, Mr. Sanchez had allegedly released the juveniles.

The chief said Mr. Sanchez admitted to taking money from the pair of customers and locking them inside the store. He also said Mr. Sanchez had the cash the juveniles used for their purchases on his person.

Officers arrested Mr. Sanchez and charged him with second degree kidnapping, unlawful restraint and larceny.

Later, authorities discovered Mr. Sanchez is registered in California as a sex offender and failed to report his new address.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Sanchez was listed as being held at the Carteret County jail. Bond information was not immediately available.

The chief said Wednesday there are no further updates on the case.

 

This is a developing report. 

(1) comment

Donna

Why was he being allowed to work right across from the elementary school? No background check from the store? Hope he was fired. Newport already has enough nonsense on Chatham St starting with a beer joint directly across from the school. Who's bright idea was this?? I assure you if Mayor Garner was still alive this would never have been put in front of the school. The kids have enough bad influences as is!

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