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UPDATE: Police say Louisville man impersonated officer, kidnapped and abused female victim

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John McLeaney (Image Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) John McLeaney (Image Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Officers with Jeffersontown Police and LMPD arrested a Louisville man officials say was involved in a standoff with authorities, after he impersonated a peace officer and kidnapped and abused a female victim.

John McLeaney, 46, was arrested Sunday morning at his home in the 8000 block of Columbine Drive, which is near Greenwood Drive in the Pleasure Ridge Park area.

According to Jeffersontown Police, McLeaney impersonated an officer on Saturday when he turned on emergency lights on a vehicle he was driving and stopped the victim. Police say McLeaney "was wearing a badge and gun and told the victim she had to come with him." Officials say McLeaney then forced the victim into the back of his vehicle.

The official police report says McLeaney drove to a UPS parking area, where he allegedly zip-tied the victim's hands behind her back. Authorities say McLeaney then drove to a Cricket store, located at 9501 Taylorsville Road. Police say the victim is an employee at the store. Investigators say McLeaney took keys from the victim and used the alarm code to unlawfully enter the business.

Officers were contacted about the break-in and we're told McLeaney quickly became a suspect. 

Authorities say he was arrested for burglarizing at least four Cricket stores in the past and has inside knowledge of the company. 

"This guy was acting as a contract employee, he had come into their store to work on their computers and their alarm systems. That's a dangerous combination," Jeffersontown Police Chief Rick Sanders said.  

Sanders says officers were already at McLeaney's home on Columbine Drive when he pulled into his garage.

"The officers tried to get him to come out and he refused to do that. They then had his fiance from the house call him in the garage and say, 'Come on out, the police want to talk to you,'" Sanders explained. 

Police say McLeaney opened the garage door and the victim ran outside. 

She explained what happened and also told investigators she'd been sexually assaulted. 

Authorities say McCleaney remained in a standoff with police and was arrested early Sunday morning after officers used tear gas. 

"I have reason to believe that this guy had every intention of killing her," Sanders said. 

Officials say McLeaney killed someone in 1987 and pleaded no contest to manslaughter. 

They say he served more than a decade in prison. 

Online records show earlier this year he was charged in connection to those other Cricket store break-ins but even with a violent criminal history, he's been on pre-trial diversion and out of jail. 

"I think the police should be held accountable, criminals should be held accountable, the court system should be held accountable," Sanders said."I hope that they give this due diligence and they don't release this guy again." 

McLeaney faces several charges including kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, wanton endangerment, tampering with physical evidence, terroristic threatening, robbery, impersonating a peace officer, intimidating a witness and sexual abuse.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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