LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A man facing rape and kidnapping charges in Lexington was back in court Monday morning.
Franklin Faulkner didn’t speak in court Monday. Instead, the court mostly heard from a Lexington police officer about the day Faulkner was arrested.
Harrowing testimony by the Lexington officer detailed the alleged attack, including a claim that Faulkner tried to strangle a woman with a pair of pants.
Authorities say that on Nov. 18, a woman’s car broke down and Faulkner offered her a ride. But instead of helping her, investigators say, he drove her to a wooded area and raped her.
“She said that she tried to call for help. When she grabbed her phone, the suspect grabbed it and broke it and wouldn’t allow her to call for help,” the officer said.
The officer said that they found evidence near Paris Pike and Old Paris Road. The officer said that there were tire tracks in the grassy area.
After the alleged rape, the officer said, Faulkner drove the victim to a Speedway where she again tried to get out of the car. Faulkner allegedly wouldn’t let her and drove toward Masterson Station. That is when he had car trouble and an off-duty animal control officer pulled over to offer help.
“He advised that she got out of the car and she was very frantic, asked for help,” the officer said.
That was near the intersection of Leestown Road and Citation Boulevard.
“When the animal control guy tried to leave, the suspect jumped on top of his car and wouldn’t let them leave and that’s when I met the victim,” said the officer.
Faulkner was then arrested.
The case has now been sent to a grand jury.