African American man kidnaps white woman and makes her watch Roots

Robert Noyes, 52, was seized on Monday for allegedly kidnapping a woman He is said to have held her at a residence on Second Avenue in Cedar Rapids When she tried to move, he is accused of saying he would ‘kill her and spread her body parts across Interstate 380 on the way to Chicago’Police say the pair had been in an on-off relationship for several years 

An African American man kidnapped a white woman he’d been in an on-off relationship with for years and forced her to watch nine-hour slavery miniseries Roots so she could ‘understand her racism’. 

Cedar Rapids police seized 52-year-old Robert Noyes on Monday on charges of first-degree harassment and false imprisonment. 

The woman, who was not clearly described in previous reports as being white, was allegedly forced to sit with Noye and threatened when she tried to move from watching the 1977 TV miniseries.  

He forced her to watch the nine-hour show, which details the ancestral line of the author Alex Haley, ‘so she could better understand her racism’, a police complaint said. 

Noye threatened to ‘kill her and spread her body parts across Interstate 380 on the way to Chicago’, when she tried to move away, according to the Gazette. 

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Roots, which was penned in 1976 by US author Alex Haley and was first aired on TV in 1977, follows the struggles of one African American family told over several generations, starting with Kunte Kinte, an African warrior sold into slavery, through to his great-grandchildren fighting for their freedom during the Civil War.  

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