Man pleads guilty to attempted abduction of UNC student
Posted February 21, 2012
Chapel Hill, N.C. — A Chapel Hill man has pleaded guilty to trying to kidnap a college student almost two years ago, authorities said Tuesday.
Theodore James Walker, 28, of 108 Timber Hollow Court, pleaded guilty last week to second-degree kidnapping, assault on a female and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury in the May 12, 2010, incident. He will be sentenced later.
An 18-year-old University of North Carolina student was jogging along Columbia Street when a man doused her with pepper spray and dragged her to a car in a Rosemary Street parking lot, police said. Two brothers driving by stopped to intervene, and the woman was released unharmed.
One of the brothers was hit by a car as the assailant fled the area.
Investigators traced the car to Walker, and they found a loaded shotgun wrapped in a towel and a baseball bat in the car. Police seized a UNC identification card from Walker's apartment and said they found Walker was carrying letters with women's names, details of a possible break-in and condoms when he was arrested.
Walker also is charged with hit-and-run in connection with an April 2010 incident in Pitt County that left a 20-year-old woman injured. He told authorities that the woman jumped out of his car after trying to grab his keys. He is set to appear in court on May 7 in that case.