LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A man is in jail in Laurel County accused of kidnapping and attacking a woman.
The victim reported the incident to the Laurel County Sheriff's Office. She said it happened just after midnight on Tuesday.
According to a police report, the victim told deputies she stopped on US 25 W, near Kentucky Fried Chicken, to offer a ride to a woman who was walking along the road because it was so cold. The victim told authorities that a man appeared "out of nowhere" and hopped into her car. The victim says the man said he had a gun and threatened to kill her and her infant child who was also in the car if she did not take him to American Greeting Card Road.
Once they arrived, deputies say the man told the woman to stop and get out of the car which the woman refused to do because her three-month-old was in the backseat.At that point, the woman told authorities the suspect started grabbing her keys. She was able to knock his hand away, but then the man struck her in the face. When she fought back, she told deputies the man put his hands around her throat and began to strangle her. Somehow, the woman was able to get her .380 pistol from inside her purse; she was able to point it at the suspect to get him to leave.
The man did remove $40 and a pack of cigarettes from her purse.
The deputy observed injuries on the woman to her face and neck.
Deputies arrested James William Moore of Corbin and charged him with two counts of kidnapping (adult and minor), terroristic threatening, assault, and two counts of theft by unlawful taking.