Churchgoers taken, then robbed, released in Georgetown

Police in Georgetown are searching for two men who abducted a woman and her 4-year-old grandson outside First Baptist Church around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night, said Capt. Nelson Brown, spokesman for the Georgetown Police Department.

Brown said the two victims had left Wednesday night services at the church when the incident happened.

He said the woman had put her grandson into the car and was walking to get in herself when she was approached by two men, at least one of whom was brandishing a handgun.

They ordered her into the car and forced her to drive them to the vicinity of Wachovia Bank on Front Street, where they got out, went to another vehicle and drove away.

The woman and her grandson were unhurt, although traumatized, Brown said.

"They're in good spirits," he said after talking with them.

Brown said Georgetown police have leads in the case, but couldn't say when an arrest might take place.

During the drive, Brown said the two men asked the woman where her purse was. When she told them, they took it. It had between $9 and $11 cash in it, Brown said.

He said it seems strange that two men would face charges that could land them in prison for life just to steal a purse.

"This is a kidnapping," he said, "a carjacking and an armed robbery."