Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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May 6, 2014

Mt. Sterling kidnapping ends in Greenup County

GREENUP — An incident involving a carjacking that began in Mt. Sterling on Sunday ended in rural Greenup County with the victim escaping and the suspect shooting himself in the face.

According to authorities, the incident began about 4:30 p.m. Sunday as the female victim, who is from Montgomery County, was giving her 18-year-old neighbor a ride to work.

The victim told WLEX-TV she pulled into the Pilot Travel Center near Interstate 64 when the neighbor pulled a gun, pointed it at her and told her to keep driving.

The woman pulled onto the interstate and headed eastbound. She exited onto the Northeastern Kentucky Industrial Parkway.

“He still had the gun on me and he told me to get in the back seat and to take my clothes off,” the woman told the TV station. “And I told him no, I started to beg for my life.”

After 30 minutes or so, the woman said she was abe to convince her captor the two of them needed to find a more secluded area. As they took off, she said she began to hatch an escape plan.

“He wanted me to turn down the next road and I missed it on purpose, threw the car in reverse and jumped out,” the woman told WLEX.

As she was running away, the man fired two shots at her, both of which missed, and then shot himself in the face, the woman said.

The escape occurred at the junction of Ky. 1 and W-Hollow. The woman ran to a nearby home and collapsed on the porch. The woman living there called 911.

The 18-year-old was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where he was said to be in critical condition. If he survives, he will likely face charges of kidnapping and carjacking. The incident remains under investigation by the Mt. Sterling Police Department.

The woman told WLEX her car was ruined in the incident and also has been seized as evidence, leaving her without transportation. An account to receive donations to help her buy another vehicle has been established at Commonweath Bank in Mt. Sterling under the name “A New Car for a New Start.”


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