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Man charged with kidnapping

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By Calen McKinney

 

A Campbellsville man has pleaded not guilty to attempting to kidnap a woman after running from police.

Prince C. Turner, 23, of Ray Street, was arrested last Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.

Ray's arrest came two days after he allegedly stole items from Walmart and caused damage to a display case there.

According to a Campbellsville Police report, officers received a report on Sunday, Aug. 3, that a theft had occurred at the store.

The report states that a man entered the store at about 2 a.m. and went to the electronics section. While in that area, the release states, the man began to hit and kick a display case containing cellular phones in an attempt to gain access to the phones.

Video security footage, according to the release, shows the man eventually gained access to the case. While he was striking the case, however, the man cut his hand and left what appeared to be blood at the scene.

Turner's arrest citation states that a blood trail led back to the store's auto care center.

While investigating the theft, Campbellsville Police officers reviewed video footage of the incident and saw a black male wearing a white shirt, camouflage pants and black shoes.

Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette said officers continued investigating the theft and, two days later, identified the man as Turner.

Records state that officers used photos to identify Turner, and also saw that he had several cuts on his hand that were consistent with the type of injury that would leave blood like that at Walmart.

"We were able to take those images and make the comparison and make the identification that way," Hazlette said. "All the pieces kind of looked like everything went together."

Officer found Turner on Ray Court two days after the theft and transported him to the police station for questioning. While Turner was emptying his pockets before the interview began, records state, he allegedly had a plastic bag of suspected marijuana.

During the interview, Hazlette said, Turner denied stealing from Walmart.

When asked about the incident, Turner told officers that he didn't know what they were talking about.

As the interview concluded, Campbellsville Police Officer Jacob Hedgespeth placed Turner under arrest and charged him with third-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools and theft by unlawful taking more than $500.

While walking Turner from the police station to a police cruiser for transport to Taylor County Detention Center, Turner broke free from Hedgespeth and fled on foot. He crossed Druther's parking lot and proceeded south on South Columbia Avenue. Hedgespeth pursued Turner to the Campbellsville Water Co. parking lot.

But before Turner was back in custody, the release states, he allegedly attempted to get inside a woman's car as she was parked at a window paying her water bill. Hazlette said Turner couldn't get inside the car, however, and never touched the woman.

"He attempted to get in her car," Hazlette said. "She was petrified. Very scared."

Campbellsville Water Co. employees witnessed the incident.

Records state that the woman showed fear on her face when Turner attempted to get inside her car.

After that incident, Turner was charged with possession of marijuana, third-degree escape, first-degree wanton endangerment, kidnapping, menacing, first-degree fleeing or evading police and second-degree criminal mischief.

During the chase, Hedgespeth fell and injured one of his hands and both knees.

"It didn't incapacitate him," Hazlette said, and Hedgespeth was able to apprehend Turner.

After the arrest, Hedgespeth was taken to Taylor Regional Hospital for treatment. He was treated and released.

Hazlette said Hedgespeth's uniform and utility belt were damaged during the pursuit.

While completing Turner's arrest paperwork, Hazlette said, he read that Turner has also faced criminal charges in Ohio. On records for those crimes, Hazlette said, it was written for officers to approach Turner with caution.

"That's not something that we knew about," Hazlette said. "I think he thinks the rules don't apply to him."

Hazlette said Turner will likely face more charges stemming from the chase, though information about that might not be released until this week.

The burglary, theft, wanton endangerment and fleeing and evading police charges against Turner are all Class D felonies, punishable by as much as five years in prison each. Kidnapping is a Class B felony, punishable by as much as 20 years.

Turner pleaded not guilty to the charges in Taylor District Court on Friday. Bond was set at $30,000 cash.

Turner is expected to appear in court again on Wednesday.