Omaha couple abducted, forced to make ATM withdrawal

Jerrod Norals


An Omaha couple was kidnapped at gunpoint from a gym parking lot and taken to a nearby bank to get money from an ATM machine, police said Wednesday.

Joel Kois and girlfriend Katelin McNew had just finished their workout at Blue Moon Fitness, 10930 Emmet St., about 11 p.m. Tuesday when they were confronted in the parking lot by two men and a teenage boy.

Kois, 24, said on Wednesday that the men ordered him to get into his car. One of the suspects got in as well, and told him to drive to the nearest bank.

McNew, 19, was forced into the suspects' car, which then tailed his vehicle, he said.

Kois said he and his girlfriend were terrified.

“They kept threatening to shoot me and Katie,” he said. “It's hard to say whether they would have.”

Kois drove to a First National Bank ATM located in the parking lot of a Baker's store near 132nd Street and West Maple Road. He and McNew each withdrew cash, he said, and handed it over. The men also took Kois' wallet and McNew's purse, which contained the couple's credit cards, debit cards and iPhones.

Kois said the men then got into their car and sped away while he and his girlfriend found a phone to call police.

Officers located three suspects about 12:40 a.m. near 30th Street and Ames Avenue.

DeAnthony Smith, 18, was booked into the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of robbery, terroristic threats, kidnapping, use of a gun to commit and felony, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a stolen firearm.

Jerrod Norals, 21, also was booked into jail. He is accused of robbery, kidnapping and terroristic threats.

The 16-year-old was booked into the Douglas County Youth Center on suspicion of robbery, terroristic threats, kidnapping and possession of a stolen firearm.

“They could have robbed anybody else in the world but chose me,” Kois said.

He said McNew was “a bit shaken up, but she's doing OK.”

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