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Man pleads guilty to attempted abduction of UNC student

Posted February 21, 2012

— 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.


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  • Karmageddon Feb 22, 2012

    Why did it take almost 2 years to get him to trial?

  • commonsense4 Feb 22, 2012

    "If Orange County gets it's way you will not be able to use your cell phone to call for help if you are in your car..."

    You shouldn't be able to use your cell phone unless it is an emergency. I'm sure you are one of the top reasons why they want this law. The ones complaining the most are the same ones causing issues on the roads.

  • commonsense4 Feb 22, 2012


    pm2 - a little cynical, are we? You must be a joy to be around.

  • Lightfoot3 Feb 22, 2012

    In my opinion, he should receive the death penalty.

  • mpheels Feb 22, 2012

    pm2 - you need to get your facts straight. First, it's Chapel Hill trying to ban cell phone use, not Orange County as a whole. Second, the ban would only be enforced if you commit a moving violation. In other words, you have to be pulled over for something else before the police could cite you for cell phone use. I think the move by Chapel Hill is foolish because they can't legally impose the ban. Still, there's no need to spread false information either way.

  • not my real name Feb 22, 2012

    lock him up and throw away the key. ^5 to the Shelton Brothers....way to go guys!~

  • piratepeople2 Feb 22, 2012

    he should be put away for life and those 2 brothers who intervened should be commended! They obviously saved that girl's life and probably many others had he not been stopped.

  • iknowjack Feb 22, 2012

    "If Orange County gets it's way you will not be able to use your cell phone to call for help if you are in your car...", whines pm2.

    Yeah, I'm sure the victim of a crime will be charged with making an illegal car from their car.

  • pm2 Feb 21, 2012

    If Orange County gets it's way you will not be able to use your cell phone to call for help if you are in your car...

  • Rocky2.0 Feb 21, 2012

    He should be put in jail for life. She wasn't going to live if he'd been able to abduct her.