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Police Seek Suspect in Jeep Theft, Kidnapping

Posted March 9, 2007 1:21 p.m. EST

— 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).