Sheriff: Man kidnaps two small children, steals car in Madison County

MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Officers say they arrested a man who hit a car and almost struck two people in a parking lot, all while driving a stolen car with two small children inside.

Then Madison County Sheriff’s Office says it started with a reckless driving complaint around 1 p.m. Sunday.

Someone called to say a driver struck a vehicle on Interstate 75, continued driving to downtown Richmond, then stopped in traffic, where he confronted and threatened another driver.

The man then drove onto the lawn of First Presbyterian Church, almost hitting two people.

Deputies confronted him after he drove into another parking lot.

They say the man, identified as 36-year-old Danny Marcum, of Richmond, got out of the car holding a small child, screaming there was someone in the trunk “trying to kill him.”

Deputies looked but did not find anyone in the trunk.

They say Marcum would not release the small child and screamed they “were not taking them.”

After a struggle, deputies say they were able to physically remove the child from Marcum’s hold without injury.

Deputies were able to get Marcum to the ground and place him under arrest.

They say they later discovered Marcum was driving a stolen vehicle and the two small children in his vehicle were taken without their guardian’s knowledge.

Marcum was arrested and charged with kidnapping, wanton endangerment, terroristic threatening, and several other charges.

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