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LMPD: Suspect arrested in minister's abduction

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Police say 18-year-old Kaelin Akins is the man seen in the surveillance image on the right. Police say 18-year-old Kaelin Akins is the man seen in the surveillance image on the right.
Detectives say the 17-year-old suspect lives with his grandfather and knows he is wanted by police. Detectives say the 17-year-old suspect lives with his grandfather and knows he is wanted by police.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)-- Metro Police say they know who kidnapped a local minister and held him hostage on a frightening six-hour shopping spree.

Kaelin Akins, 18, is the man in the surveillance images WDRB showed you last week, police say.

"It's good news because not only our family, but also other citizens are much safer," said the victim, Daniel.

Police say Akins and a 17-year-old abducted Daniel and car-jacked him while he was taking the trash.

Daniel says he is happy there has been an arrest in the case. "We didn't think we can find -- we can get back this car so soon."

Surprisingly, police found both Daniel's car and one of the suspects at Stoney Brook Place Apartments -- not very far from where he was released.

"Detective Tanelli spotted the van as we were driving around, it was in the apartment complex. We then located Mr. Kaelin in the apartment we thought that he was living in," said LMPD Det. James Franklin.

But police were not surprised where they found the car and suspect.

"You do this job long enough, you'll learn that criminals are not smart," said Det. Franklin.

Police say after abducting Daniel, Akins and the elusive 17-year-old suspect drove him to several stores in his own car, used his credit cards and then dumped him near the intersection of Bardstown Road and Hurstbourne Lane.

"We know his identity and it's just a matter of time," said Franklin.

Detectives say the 17-year-old suspect lives with his grandfather and knows he is wanted by police.

"His grandfather encouraged him to come home and turn himself in. At this time the suspect is refusing," Det. Franklin said.

Akins is charged with kidnapping and armed robbery. The 17-year-old will face the same charges when he is arrested.

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