Darrell Allen, 45, of 511 Country Club Drive, threatened Diane Graham, 48, of Reverend N.O. Thompson Road, with a knife and forced her to drive her car to woods near Rowland, where he kept her for about 18 hours, police Lt. Mickey Biggs said.
Biggs said Allen hid in the Outer Banks parking lot and waited for Graham as she arrived at work at about 7 a.m. on Tuesday.
Graham, who was tied up and beaten, escaped Allen when they drove to the Etna convenience store in Fairmont at about 1 this morning. Biggs said, after Allen entered the store, Graham ran from the car. A passerby found her hiding in a Dumpster and called police.
Graham was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center, where she was treated and released this morning.
"All she knows is that he forced her to drive to a wooded area in the county near Rowland where he tied her up and beat her," Biggs said.
Sheriff's investigators have also been trying to serve a domestic violence protective order against Allen, who was charged with kidnapping Graham last year, Biggs said. That case is still pending.
Biggs encouraged anyone who has seen Graham's gray 1989 Pontiac Sunbird to call the Lumberton police at 671-3845. The car's license plate number is STF-5640. The armed robbery charge is related to the car's theft.
Officials from Outer Banks did not return phone calls.