Police: Teacher carjacked while traveling to work after stopping to help crash victims

Published: Nov. 15, 2017 at 9:53 AM EST
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A man is in police custody after being accused of carjacking a teacher on her way to work.

Deputy Mike Townsend with the Powell County Sheriff's Office tells WKYT a Richmond woman was on her way to work at Powell County High School on Wednesday morning. Around 7:30, she came upon a wreck on Winchester Road in Irvine, near Estill County High School. Deputy Townsend says the teacher stopped to see if she could help those involved in the wreck. At that point, investigators say a passenger from the car involved in the wreck jumped into the teacher's car and forced her to drive him away from the scene. The carjacker made her take him to a home in Powell County and then forced her to let him use her phone. Somehow, the woman was able to escape.

After an active search, investigators arrested 28-year-old Freddie Reed, Jr. of Clay City. Police raided a home at 804 Jones Road in Powell County and found Reed hiding inside. Officers from Powell County Sheriff's Office, Stanton Police, and Powell County jail assisted in the arrest.

Reed is in the Powell County Jail charged with kidnapping. Investigators say Reed was already under indictment in a separate case, facing charges of criminal abuse of a child 12 or under and violating a protective order.