by Charles Womack

The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled

MALL KIDNAPPING WAS FAKE Holiday Shoppers at Hanes Mall can breath a sigh of relief. Just two days after officers responded to an attempted kidnapping in the Golden Corral parking lot, detectives with the Winston-Salem Police Department determined that the incident did not occur. The alleged victim, 18-year-old Ashley Dominique Amos stated that on Dec. 14 at about 4 p.m. she had been walking from JC Penny to her vehicle. She told authorities her vehicle was parked in the Golden Corral parking lot and that she noticed a white man, 40-45 years old, behind her. Reports state that as she arrived at her vehicle, the man ran up to her, grabbed her clothing and tried to push her into her vehicle, adding that the man punched her in the face and fled on foot toward the Olive Garden.

Detectives assigned to a followup investigation found that no attempted kidnapping or assault had occurred.

SET UP, NO FOLLOW THROUGH Greensboro police officers responded at 10:30 p.m. on Monday to an address on Athena Court in reference to a man being robbed. At the scene, officers located Tony Estep, 52, who reported he was walking home when he heard someone call out for help. Estep said that as he walked toward the person calling out, a second person appeared from behind a bush and pointed a handgun at him. The suspects demanded money and fled on foot to the north. Estep was not injured.

HIT AND KICKED BY ROBBERS Greensboro police officers were dispatched to the parking lot of the Kangaroo gas station at 2:50 a.m. on Dec. 15 when 18-year-old Taylor Honeycutt reported he was robbed. Honeycutt told officers that he was walking home near the intersection of Summit Avenue and East Cone Boulevard when he was approached by three black males in dark clothing demanding money. No weapons were displayed or used in the assault, but Honeycutt said the three hit and kicked him until he gave them what they wanted. !