Good Samaritan talks of abduction rescue

Joey Shelton

May 12, 2010 9:00:00 PM PDT
The man accused of using pepper spray on a 20-year-old UNC student before attempting to drag her into his car is a suspect in other attacks prosecutors said Thursday.

Also on Thursday, authorities released several 911 calls that were placed shortly after the incident happened.

Click here to listen to one of the 911 calls

The victim also called 911 after she had been pepper sprayed and two Good Samaritans helped her escape:



    911 Dispatcher: Ma'am, do you need medical attention?
    Caller: Um, I just got sprayed, just pepper sprayed, so whatever you need to do for that.
    911 Dispatcher: OK.
    Caller: In the eyes.
    911 Dispatcher: Do you know why he pepper sprayed you?
    Caller: Na, ah. I mean I was running alone.

Click here to listen to the whole 911 call

Chapel Hill police arrested 26-year-old Theodore James Walker after they say two bystanders stopped the abduction in progress near the area of E. Rosemary Street and N. Columbia Street around 2 p.m. Wednesday.

One of the Good Samaritans - Joey Shelton of Pittsboro - was hurt when Walker allegedly hit him with his car while fleeing the scene. Shelton was treated at UNC Hospitals and released.

Shelton told ABC11 that he and his brother Freddie were running an errand when they saw Walker pulling the girl towards his car. Shelton said they didn't know what was going on, but the expression of pure fear on the girl's face and the lack of expression on Walker's told them something was very wrong.

"She was jogging at first. Eventually out of nowhere this guy grabbed her. He's grabbing her holding her by her clothes, she's on the ground panicking, she's in terror," said Shelton.

They pulled their car into the parking lot and blocked Walker. That's when he let the girl go and took off.

Shelton said Thursday was the victim's birthday, and she called him to say thank you. Shelton said he was just glad to be able to help.

"It's a blessing that she survived and she's got plenty more birthday's to come," he said.

Walker was arrested after officers spotted him walking out of a wooded area. His car was dumped nearby. He has been charged with second degree kidnapping, assault on a female, and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Police found a loaded shotgun and a baseball bat in Walker's car. He allegedly had condoms in his back pocket.

Since his arrest, two Chapel Hill teens have come forward to report Walker tried to force them into his car the day before his arrest. Another woman reported a similar attack a week ago. Investigators are looking into those claims.

Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall also said evidence found in Walker's home links him to the beating of a woman in Pitt County who's now in intensive care.

In court documents, Judge Beverly Scarlett noted Walker may possibly suffer from mental illness. She called him a danger to women and set his bond at $5 million.

Shelton does not have health insurance. A fund has been set up at RBC Bank to help pay his medical bills.

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