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Knox Co. man arrested for kidnapping

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Posted at 6:15 PM, Jul 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-19 18:15:36-04

BARBOURVILLE, KY. (LEX 18) — A 70-year-old Barbourville, Ky. man has been arrested for kidnapping a 12-year-old girl on Saturday, July 18.

At 9:50 p.m., Kentucky State Police was contacted by the Knox County Sheriff’s Department to assist a deputy at Whitesburg Hollow Road in the Barbourville community of Knox County. Tpr. Sidney Wagner responded and began an investigation.

The initial investigation indicates a 12-year-old girl was riding her bicycle on Whitesburg Hollow Road when Benny Hammons approached the 12-year-old girl while he was in his vehicle.

The 12-year-old was asked to drive his vehicle while Hammons placed her bike inside of the car. Hammons is accused of sexual assaulting the 12-year-old while in the vehicle.

The 12-year-old girl was driving on Whitesburg Hollow Road when she observed a police officer patrolling in the area at which time she attempted to drive toward him. Hammons grabbed the wheel and the vehicle drove off the roadway and into a ditch.

Hammons was arrested and lodged into the Knox County Detention Center and is charged with wanton endangerment 1st degree, kidnapping-minor, and rape 1st degree.

If anyone has more information about this case, you can contact Post 10 Harlan at 606-573-3131. Tpr. Sidney Wagner is continuing the investigation.