Gregg’s Wife Safe After Kidnapping, Robbery

Posted October 7, 2003 at 1:42pm

Two armed men kidnapped the wife of Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) from the couple’s Virginia home this morning, but Kathleen Gregg was released after her abductors forced her to withdraw money from a nearby bank, according to police.

The 52-year-old Gregg was unharmed in the incident, and as of early this afternoon she was still at the McLean bank being questioned by detectives, according to Fairfax County police.

Police officials said they were looking for two suspects, a white man and a black man, traveling in a silver Buick LaSabre with the Virginia license plate number ADB-9712.

In what a statement from the Senator’s office described as a “terrifying experience,” the two men were apparently waiting for Kathleen Gregg when she arrived at her McLean home at approximately 9:30 this morning. A police spokesman said one man drew a knife and demanded money. Then one drove her to a bank, while the other followed in another car, according to television news reports.

Only one man accompanied Gregg into the bank, while the other waited outside. After collecting an unknown amount of money from a bank teller, Gregg was released, and she reportedly called police.

“This morning, Kathy Gregg was the victim of a violent robbery. Her life was threatened and it was a terrifying experience,” read the statement from Sen. Gregg’s office. “Thanks to quick decisions made by Mrs. Gregg, she is doing fine and out of harms way.”

Fairfax police said they had no indication that Kathleen Gregg was targeted because of her status as a Senator’s wife.

The Senator’s staff was unable to locate him this afternoon. Gregg spokesman Jeff Turcotte said he had not spoken to the Senator and did not know whether he was in the Washington, D.C., area or at home in New Hampshire during the Senate’s weeklong recess.