POLICE: home invasion suspect kidnapped man, injured 6-year-old son
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Police have arrested a Louisville man accused of kidnapping a man and injuring his 6-year-old son during a home invasion early Wednesday.
Elijah Carter, 25, was arrested Wednesday morning after police responded to a call about a home invasion on Ormsby Court, according to police records.
As police arrived at the scene, they saw a light blue van driving away from a residence.
Inside the residence officers say they found an 8-year-old girl hiding in the attic, who told them that a man had "entered her home and took her dad."
According to court documents, police found the van at a PNC ATM, which was located at South 4th and West Oak Streets. As officers approached the van, Carter allegedly got out and started running on Oak Street.
Police chased Carter and used an electroshock weapon to stop him before placing him under arrest.
The victim told police that Carter had entered his residence through a side window and demanded $200 and other items. The victim reportedly told police Carter told him he was armed and would kill him and his two children.
Carter allegedly forced the victim to carry his flat screen television to the victim's vehicle. Carter then allegedly forced the victim to drive to the PNC ATM and withdraw $200.
Police say that while Carter was committing the burglary, he allegedly placed his hands around the the throat of the victim's 6-year-old son, causing swelling and redness.
The victim told police that he felt Carter was going to kill him and his two children if he did not follow Carter's demands.
"We were trying to figure out what was going on. The police told us to go inside and lock the door," said Josh Raff, who lives next door.
Raff told WDRB he and other neighbors were surprised when they heard what happened.
"Nothing like this has ever happened and this fella just moved in so it's a bummer. No one ever wants to feel like you have to take more security precautions than you did before but yea, I wouldn't be surprised if some people here are on edge for a while," said Raff.
Carter is charged with two counts of kidnapping, burglary, wanton endangerment and and fleeing from police. He is being held at Louisville Metro Corrections on a $50,000 cash bond.
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