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Hoke sheriff: Man carjacked, kidnapped, assaulted woman, child

Posted September 10, 2011
Updated September 20, 2011

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— Hoke County authorities arrested a man this weekend accused of assaulting his girlfriend and then carjacking and kidnapping another woman and a 7-year-old girl. Search warrants released Wednesday provided additional details in the case.

Sarah Ellis, of Fayetteville, called 911 Friday night to report that her boyfriend, Michael Todd Walker, 43, was assaulting her, authorities said. Ellis, Walker and a 7-year-old granddaughter were in a vehicle on the side of Aberdeen Road when the assault happened, according to sheriff's officials.

A passing driver from Murrells Inlet, S.C., stopped to see if they needed help, not knowing it was a domestic problem and not a traffic issue, authorities said.

Walker then punched the woman in the face several times, held her at knife-point and stole her car, bringing her and the 7-year-old with him, according to authorities.

He drove them to a remote location off U.S. Highway 401 where he assaulted the woman again, severely beating and choking her until she lost consciousness, and left her in the woods, sheriff's officials said. The woman regained consciousness and crawled to the McDougal Downs subdivision, where a resident called 911.

Sheriff's deputies found the woman and rendered aid until paramedics could arrive.

Meanwhile, Walker assaulted the 7-year-old again and drove her to an unoccupied house off Carolina Drive, which he broke into by throwing the child through a window. He held the child hostage inside for two hours.

The sheriff's emergency response team and a hostage negotiator came to the house, but Walker "became increasingly hostile toward law enforcement," said Sheriff Hubert Peterkin, who authorized authorities to go into the house and get the child.

Walker used the girl as a shield, holding a knife to her and threatening her life as law enforcement approached, sheriff's officials said. Within seconds, authorities disarmed Walker, arrested him and got the girl to safety, Peterkin said. She was taken to hospital, but had been released by Wednesday.

Peterkin would not comment on a possible motive, but said there's no explanation for that type of savage attack.

"You've got some mean people out there," he said. "He just did whatever he thought he could do. He took an innocent person and beat her. Why would you do that?"

Walker was charged with two counts each of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, second-degree forcible sex offense, first-degree forcible sex offense on a child and indecent liberties with a child, three counts of kidnapping and one count each of armed robbery, second-degree burglary, abduction of children, assault on a female and assault on a child under 12. He was being held without bond.

Walker has spent 10 of the past two decades behind bars and was convicted of manslaughter in 1995, according to state Department of Correction records. He was most recently convicted in 2003 as a habitual felon and of burglary and was in prison until December 2009.

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  • heatherbassnnc Sep 22, 2011

    You guys are all correct. Why would any prison let him go? The only thing saving him from ever being released again is his habitual felon status. Thank GOD he will never be allowed to leave a jail cell without being shackeled is when he is carried to the morgue.

    He is the son of a prison official, and a retired officer in the NC Guard, but sometimes parent's can't help the way their children turn out. We give them roots and wings and how they choose to fly is up to the child.

    I am the mother of the 7 yr old. I'm very confused how one media source says one thing, and another newspaper reports another version. I am not allowed to be told exact details, or ask my child what acutally/really happened in fear of her shutting down or blocking anything out.

    As her parent I am VERY thankful to Hoke county law enforcement was able to find my daughter safely and brought her back alive. I do believe that Michael Walker wanted the law to kill him, so he wouldn't spend the rest of his life i

  • SouthernGirlJD Sep 16, 2011

    Why on earth was theis man EVER released from jail? He shouldve got the needle a long time ago!

  • ono724 Sep 15, 2011

    "I got one thing to say; this punk is lucky it wasn't my daughter he threw through a window, ya'll would NOT be able to recognize his picture!!!You would be reading about how the law had to arrest me for beating this guy to death myself!"

    I couldn't of said it better myself.

  • egm01 Sep 15, 2011

    This is the son of a former prison official. wow

  • Wendellcatlover Sep 15, 2011

    AMEN Smokewagon and James27613 - Not only should he never see the light of day again, but he shouldn't have been out of prison to do these crimes to begin with!!! My God, when will this stupid country learn to quit letting habitual felons out on the streets to continue their dirty deeds??? So much for being a good samaritan. Let's go back to the 3 strikes rule. 3 chances should be more than enough to learn that you either obey the rules of civilized society or you go away FOREVER!!!Poor lady and poor little girl. I hope they'll both be ok.

  • james27613 Sep 14, 2011

    Throwing a 7 yr child through a window?

    nasty.

  • james27613 Sep 14, 2011

    this guy should never ever see the light of day.

  • SmokeWagon Sep 14, 2011

    ...."Walker has spent 10 of the past two decades behind bars and was convicted of manslaughter in 1995, according to state Department of Correction records. He was most recently convicted in 2003 as a habitual felon and of burglary and was in prison until December 2009...."

    I have but one question....why was this piece of trash EVER allowed on the streets in the first place...WHY...??? The failure of the NC liberal justice system has totally destroyed 2 more people...!!! When will enough be enough for the citizens of this state...?????

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Sep 14, 2011

    "Don't he look mean, don't he though?"

    Yeah, so long as he's only facing women and children, and not a full grown man.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Sep 14, 2011

    "Walker has spent 10 of the past two decades behind bars and was convicted of manslaughter in 1995, according to state Department of Correction records. He was most recently convicted in 2003 as a habitual felon and of burglary and was in prison until December 2009."

    And someone let him live to hurt innocents again.

    I'll never understand the US justice system when it does that.

    Whatever happened to 3 strikes and you're out?

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