Man accused of threatening to kill woman, baby during kidnapping

LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Corbin man is accused of kidnapping a woman and her baby and threatening to kill both of them after jumping into the woman’s car overnight, according to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say the woman, whose name wasn’t released, stopped her car on US 25W in southern Laurel County to ask if a woman, walking along the road in the cold, needed a ride.

Investigators say it was then that 35-year old James William Moore, appeared out of nowhere, got into the woman’s car and told her to drive him to American Greeting Card Road and that he had a gun in his bag and he would kill her and her three-month old child if she didn’t drive him to where he wanted to go.

Deputies say the woman drove Moore to apartments off American Greeting Card Road near a church where he told her to stop and get out because he was stealing her car.  Deputies say she refused because her baby was still in the car, at which time Moore and the woman scuffled.  Deputies say Moore allegedly hit the woman in the side of the head and started strangling her.

Deputies say the woman told Moore she had money in her purse and that he could have all of it if he would just leave her and her baby alone.  But, deputies say when she reached into her purse, instead of pulling out cash, she pulled out a .380 pistol and pointed it at Moore.  Investigators say the woman has a valid conceal carry permit.

Deputies say after the woman pulled the gun on Moore, he took her money and left.  Investigators say the woman told them she didn’t know Moore, but recognized him.  Deputies say they were able to determine Moore’s identity and found him three hours later at a business near I-75 off the West Cumberland Gap Parkway shortly after 3:00 a.m.  They say he was arrested without incident and taken to the Laurel County Detention Center.

Investigators say Moore was charged with Kidnapping-Adult; Kidnapping-Minor; Terroristic Threatening 3rd Degree; Assault 4th Degree; Theft by Unlawful Taking-Auto $500 or more but under $10,000; and Theft by Unlawful Taking all others under $500.

Deputies say the woman on the side of the road, who the reported victim initially pulled over to try to help, had nothing to do with the crime.


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