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Suspect in Chapel Hill abduction charged in jail assault

Posted July 23, 2010 3:13 p.m. EDT
Updated July 23, 2010 3:41 p.m. EDT

— A man charged with trying to kidnap a college student in downtown Chapel Hill in May has been charged with assaulting a detention officer in the Orange County jail, authorities said.

Theodore James Walker, 26, of 108 Timber Hollow Court, was charged with assault on a government official in connection with the assault.

Walker is being held in jail under a $5 million bond on charges of second-degree kidnapping, assault on a female and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Police said he tried to abduct an 18-year-old woman on May 12 near the intersection of Rosemary and Columbia streets but was stopped by two men driving by. As he tried to flee the scene, police said, he hit one of the men with his car.

Investigators found a loaded shotgun wrapped in a towel on the back seat of Walker's car, as well as a baseball bat in the car and condoms in his back pocket.

Walker also is charged with felony hit-and-run causing injury in an April case in Pitt County in which a woman was found on the side of a road with a head injury and various cuts and scrapes.