A Rapid City woman escaped from an armed man Friday after being forced to drive him to Walmart to get money. 

The woman discovered the stranger in her Van Buren Street home about 5:30 p.m., according to police spokeswoman Tarah Heupel. The man walked out of the bedroom with a gun and made her take him to Walmart.

At Walmart, the woman fled into the store and sought help from employees who called police.

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The suspect ran from the scene.

During a follow-up investigation at the woman's house, police discovered a laptop taken from a nearby home about 2:30 p.m. 

In that instance, the resident discovered his back door was kicked in and confronted the suspect, whom he chased out of the house before calling police.

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Contact Andrea J. Cook at 394-8423 or andrea.cook@rapidcityjournal.com

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