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Police say assault victim passed note to Thorntons cashier asking for help

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Eric Kerney (Image Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Eric Kerney (Image Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man is facing serious charges after he allegedly held his wife hostage during an argument Monday afternoon. 

According to the arrest report, police were called to the Thorntons in the 5300 block of Preston Highway around  6 o'clock on reports that a man was holding his wife hostage. Police say the cashier at the store called police after receiving a note from the victim asking for help. 

When police arrived, they found the victim standing outside a green GMC SUV, "obviously upset." Police located the victim's husband, 37-year-old Eric Kerney, in the passenger seat. He was placed in handcuffs without incident. 

The victim told police she was in the GMC with Kerney when he became angry and began driving erratically. She says she asked Kerney "hundreds of times" to let her out of the vehicle, but Kerney had a knife and wouldn't let her go. At one point, police say the victim saw Kerney place the knife on the dashboard so she threw it into the back of the vehicle. 

When they stopped at Thorntons, police say the victim made an excuse to go inside, wrote the note in the bathroom and passed it to the clerk when paying for items she purchased. 

Kerney was arrested and charged with fourth degree assault, unlawful imprisonment, and terroristic threatening. He is being held at Louisville Metro Corrections on a $5,000 cash bond.

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