Kidnapping suspects from Minnesota arrested in Lexington after standoff

Posted at 1:39 AM, Jan 18, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-18 19:10:40-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Two kidnapping suspects from Minnesota have been arrested in Lexington after a standoff with police.

Lexington police responded to the 300 block of Tangley Way near the Summit at Fritz Farm around 5:00 p.m. Tuesday. Police say they received a tip from the Savage, Minnesota Police Department that two suspects wanted for kidnapping were inside the home. Officers verified that the suspects were inside and attempted to make contact, but they refused to exit the home.

After six hours of negotiations, police say the suspects surrendered peacefully just after 11:00 p.m. Tuesday. The city's emergency response team was at the scene, according to police. Both suspects, 28-year-old Zachariah Whitehead and 28-year-old Amanda Wamack, were taken into custody.

Both suspects were arrested on felony kidnapping warrants from Minnesota and are currently being held at the Fayette County Detention Center.

The kidnapping victim, an infant, was safely removed from the home and treated by emergency personnel as a precaution before being placed into protective custody.