Man accused of kidnapping ex-girlfriend, trying to shoot person during car theft


LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) — A 56-year-old Laurel County man is charged with kidnapping, attempted murder and a variety of offenses after investigators say he took his ex-girlfriend and her children hostage for hours and fired a shot while trying to steal a car before being arrested early Wednesday morning.

According to Laurel County Sheriff John Root, William Robert Overbey, of Glenn View Road in London, is charged with burglary – first-degree; five counts of unlawful imprisonment – first-degree; wanton endangerment – first-degree; kidnapping; attempted theft by unlawful taking – auto; attempted murder; resisting arrest; public intoxication – controlled substances; assault – 4th   degree; violation of Kentucky EPO.

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He was arrested at about 6:30 Wednesday morning outside a business on KY 490 about five miles north of London. The arrest, which came after a scuffle with a deputy, ended seven hours of frantic work by sheriff’s deputies and other first responders.

According to Root, the case began when deputies were called to a burglary and kidnapping at a residence off Old Crab Orchard Road approximately three miles north of London at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Allegedly, Overbey entered the residence of his ex-girlfriend who had recently obtained an EPO against him, brandished a handgun forcing his ex-girlfriend, her four children, and the victim’s sister into a vehicle, the sheriff said.

Overbey then forced his ex-girlfriend to drive to a location on Litton Town Road approximately two miles away collecting cell phones and pitching them out the car window. The man then forced his girlfriend at gunpoint to get out of the car and walk onto nearby railroad tracks and out of the view of the others, the sheriff described.

One of the others still had a cell phone and was able to call 911 for help. The ex-girlfriend and Overbey couldn’t be found initially and as deputies blanketed the area, the woman managed to escape at about 6 a.m. and get help from her sister.

While deputies were in the area of Chapel Road where they’d been told Overbey might be, they heard a gunshot and then got a report of a man firing a shot at the business of KY 490.

When deputies arrived, they scuffled with Overbey, who still was armed. Deputies learned Overbey had attempted to take the keys of a vehicle from an employee at the business and had allegedly fired a round toward the victim during the attempted theft, Root explained.

Overbey was transported to St. Joseph Hospital London for possible drug overdose and then was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

The female victim had minor injuries but did not require medical attention.

One Deputy received minor injuries and damage to his uniform during the arrest

Assisting for the Laurel County Sheriff’s office were: Deputy Tommy Houston, Deputy Justin Taylor, K-9 Deputy Jake Miller, Deputy Landry Collett, k-9/Sgt. Gary Mehler, Deputy Jamie Etherton, Deputy Rodney VanZant, Deputy Dustin Saylor. Also assisting was Kentucky State Police, London City Police and the Constable’s office