Suspect Named In Caught On Video Assault

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Updated: 10/18/2013 3:39 pm
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Update: Oct. 18, 2013

In Laurel County, a woman says she recorded her own assault, and the Laurel County Sheriff's Office says the video is giving them really good leads.

In the middle of on assault, Gwenn Watts captured HD video of the suspect.

She suffered bruises, a cut, and got punched in the face.

Officials have not made an arrests yet however they do have a suspect. His name is 29-year-old Harold Gaines from Laurel County. Deputies tell ABC 36 that they believe Gaines is the man responsible for the assault.

Gaines has outstanding warrants from other unrelated cases that he is currently being sought on. A location was searched near Knox and Whitley County earlier this Friday afternoon, but the suspect was not found.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office at 606-864-6600, or 606-878-7000. They can remain anonymous. The individual is considered to be dangerous.


Oct. 17, 2013

In Laurel County, a woman says she recorded her own assault, and the Laurel County Sheriff's Office says the video is giving them really good leads.

In the middle of on assault, Gwenn Watts captured HD video of the suspect.

She suffered bruises, a cut, and got punched in the face.

"I thought I've got to get this on video. I've got to get this evidence," said Watts.

Before the confrontation, Watts chased the man for about a mile by car.

She was outside walking her dog, when she says she saw a man behind her mother's house.

She saw the suspect near the barn, jumped into her car, and drove over.

She says the man fled, she chased, and that's when she pulled out her camera.

The Sheriff's Office says the suspect passed house after house, only stopping and getting out when nobody would see, except for Watts and her camera.

Re-watching the video with us, Watts says she didn't even realize she had music blasting.

"Never done anything like this in my life," said Watts.

She says her mother's home has been broken into several times, and she thought this may be the guy.

"I was just fighting for my property for what was mine and my family's," said Watts.

In the video, you can see metal sticking out the suspect's truck.

The Sheriff's Office believes the man could be connected to a string of thefts in the area.

His pick-up stands out, because it's black with a blue tailgate, and has a coal license plate.

The Sheriff's Office wants people to call 911 instead of of chasing suspects.

"I didn't really care what the risks were," said Watts.

She says it will be worth it,

'There was no way I was going to let it go," said Watts.

When the suspect is caught.

Deputies say the man is considered dangerous.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office at 606-864-6600, or 606-878-7000.

Investigators say tipsters can remain anonymous.
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