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Police Seek Suspect in Jeep Theft, Kidnapping

Posted March 9, 2007

— Police are seeking a man who stole a Jeep from a Tryon Road convenience store with a boy in the back seat.

Allan Tremayne Judkins told police he left his 7-year-old son in his 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee when he stopped at a convenience store at 2800 Tryon Road at about 9:30 p.m. Monday.

While Judkins was in the store, a man got into the Jeep, started it and began to back up, Judkins told police. He said he ran from the store and jumped on the hood of the vehicle, but he fell off as the suspect drove away.

Judkins chased the Jeep on foot and later flagged down a police officer on patrol. The Jeep was soon located near the Lennox Chase Apartments on Lake Wheeler Road, and the boy was unharmed inside.

Judkins was transported to Duke Health Raleigh, where he was treated for injuries suffered when he was thrown from the hood of the vehicle.

The suspect is described as a white man in his early to mid-20s with a tan or olive complexion. He stands between 5 feet 11 inches and 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighs about 165 to 170, has short, light-brown or sandy-colored hair, light blue eyes and little or no facial hair. He wore a gray zip-up hoodie.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department Detective Division at 919-890-3555 or CrimeStoppers at 919-226-2746 (226-CRIME).


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  • Tarheel born Mar 10, 2007

    ***wildman***, kudos for your experience in the computer technology field and computer graphics...and I'm glad your a BIG MAN who takes of people who offend you or your buddies...are you some relative of those BIG MEN who killed the NCSU students before a ballgame? Sounds like it......it's people like you using a public forum who undermine law enforcement professionals doing the best possible job under the worst type of conditions...so the next time something horrendous happens to you and you need the resources of a professional law enforcement agency that you would never have access to just remember - call your local IT professional and see if he can help you!

  • Wildman Mar 10, 2007

    Tarheel Born:

    FYI: This is not police technology, it is computer technology, more specifically, computer graphics. Computer graphics is not a technology, it is a software environment. You may be pleased to know that I have been involved with computers since 1974 and also serve as an IT Manager, along with website design, hosting, database admin, et al.

    So when I say that a rank amateur was employed to produce the graphics displayed and having 4 days to release this is said form, it may carry more weight than your off the cuff demeaning comment.

    I know cops on the Raleigh force. This doesn't mean that I approve of methods, policies, etc deployed by said force.

    And no, I do not whine and call the cops...that would be a measure of absolute last resort. Those of us that are grown have learned over the years to handle things on our own and not go crying to big brother if someone offends us.

    And yes, Tarheel born, I am a NC native also. Bye now.

  • rpd911 Mar 9, 2007

    Dad should be charged with child neglect. As for the "photoshop 101" that is the best money can buy for the Raleigh PD. It is actually a good system for what it is, there are better out there, but unless you as citizens want to actually pay the police what they deserve and need and give them better equipment it is not going to happen.

  • diwanicki Mar 9, 2007

    At one time we could leave our kids in the car for a few minutes, but not anymore.

  • baguio8 Mar 9, 2007

    I'm so glad the boy and father are OK, especially this poor little boy. Not only do you NOT leave a child in a car with keys inside, you should NOT leave a child in a locked car with no keys, either. If you don't want your children going in somewhere with you, don't bring them along (provided they are being watched at home), otherwise, bite the bullet and take them inside with you. People are, unfortunately crazy these days and it's hard to trust anyone. If someone really wants your car, it won't matter if the keys (and children) are in it or not...

  • Tarheel born Mar 9, 2007

    Oh, this goes for you too 'dskipwest'.

  • Tarheel born Mar 9, 2007

    wildman, it's obvious you have NO idea what you're talking about in terms of police technology. ANY composite is ONLY as good as the description provided by the witness. In this case an "alleged" victim although I would contend the father is a suspect in child neglect and the only victim is the 7 year old. Your opinions are unjust and unqualified. If you know better then do better. It's people like you who make disparaging remarks about law enforcement that holler the loudest when they need a cop and whine the most when they didn't get there yesterday.

  • lock em up Mar 9, 2007

    Once again I say lock up the savage who stole the car and lock up dum dum daddy for leaving the kid in the car. I am sure a lot of people remember a case very similar to this where the kid was found in Virginia not too long ago. There is no excuse good enough for leaving a child in a car. Speeding, expired registration,expired inspections I let go everyday. In my book, parents who leave their children alone in cars do not get the same break, EVER!

  • str8-line Mar 9, 2007

    Wake up people. It is about the child.........I'm sure this is going to affect this child for a long time. Imagine what the child was thinking during this time.

  • redwarrior Mar 9, 2007

    That is a terrible composite....