Local News

UNC ID seized from home of Chapel Hill kidnap suspect

Police seized a UNC identification card and other items from the home of a Chapel Hill man accused of trying to kidnap a college student on Wednesday. Meanwhile, more details emerge about the man's links to a Pitt County case.

Posted Updated

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Police seized a University of North Carolina identification card, pepper spray, a knife and a video camera from the home of a Chapel Hill man accused of trying to kidnap a college student on Wednesday, according to search warrants obtained by WRAL News on Friday.

Theodore James Walker, 26, of 108 Timber Hollow Court, is charged with second-degree kidnapping, assault on a female and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He is being held in the Orange County jail under a $5 million bond.

Search warrants show police seized a digital camera and a dufflebag containing numerous notebooks and a pornographic DVD. Two computer hard drives, a cell phone, a safe, five keys, a letter from an attorney and a DVD titled "College Girls" were also seized from the home.

Chapel Hill police said Walker tried to abduct an 18-year-old woman near the intersection of Rosemary and Columbia streets.

Two brothers driving by saw a man pulling the woman to a car in the parking lot behind the RBC Bank at 101 E. Rosemary St., police said. The brothers pulled into the parking lot to intervene, and the assailant let the woman go unharmed.

The assailant then drove off, hitting one of the brothers with his car as he fled, police said.

During a Thursday bond hearing, Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall said investigators found evidence linking Walker to a Pitt County case.

A man reported to a Pitt County deputy on April 3 that he saw someone on the side of the road near a strip club, and the deputy found a 20-year-old woman unconscious about a quarter-mile away, Pitt County Sheriff Mac Manning said Friday. Witnesses recalled seeing the woman outside the club waiting to leave with a man identified as Walker, the sheriff said.

Walker told Pitt County investigators that the woman was riding in his car and tried to grab his keys and shut off the ignition before jumping out of the car, which he estimated was going at 30 mph, Manning said. He declined to discuss with investigators why he didn't stop the car and try to help the woman, the sheriff said.

Woodall said in court that the woman had been beaten and remained in intensive care, but she was released from Pitt Memorial Hospital shortly after the incident.

The woman declined to press charges, telling investigators the incident was an accident, Manning said.

Pitt County authorities closed the case on April 9, he said, but investigators reopened the case this week after Walker was arrested in Chapel Hill.

Chapel Hill police also are looking into the claims that Walker tried to get two teens to get into his vehicle earlier this week, prosecutors said. The teens ran off, and they told police they recognized Walker after seeing his photo in news reports of Wednesday's incident.



Erin Hartness, Reporter
Ken Smith, Reporter
Pete James, Photographer
Matthew Burns, Web Editor
Kathy Hanrahan, Web Editor

Copyright 2023 by Capitol Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.