Laurel County Sheriff’s Office Arrest 2 for Kidnapping

On Sunday afternoon, March 20, 2022, two individuals were arrested at approximately 2:22 PM. The arrests occurred off Irvine Lane, about 5 miles north of London, after deputies were dispatched to Lisowe Road near East Bernstadt to investigate a reported assault.

Upon arrival at the scene, Laurel County deputies learned that, allegedly, a female and male subject had kidnapped a male victim. The female suspect told Sheriff's investigators that the victim had stolen money from her. She and the male suspect had located the individual and took him to Irvine Lane and bound him with a belt, not allowing him to leave, and physically assaulted him. The victim was transported to a local hospital with possible multiple fractures.

Deputy Allen Turner observed a possible suspect vehicle turn from Farris Jones Road onto Irvine Lane and observed the male suspect exit the vehicle running toward a residence on Irvine Lane. Deputies located the suspect hiding under a mobile home there and gave verbal commands for the suspect to exit; however, he would not comply with deputies commands. The suspect briefly struggled with deputies before being taken into custody. Deputies learned that the male suspect was a parole violator. Additionally, the male suspect told deputies he would not comply with commands because he knew he had an outstanding warrant.

The two arrested individuals were identified as:

• Jessica Charlene Lawson, age 30, of Winding Blade Rd., East Bernstadt, charged with assault – second-degree; kidnapping – adult.

• Kendall Browning, age 46, of Farris Jones Rd., East Bernstadt, charged with assault – second-degree; kidnapping – adult; resisting arrest.
In addition, this subject was charged on a Kentucky parole board parole violation warrant charging absconding parole supervision; failure to complete treatment for substance abuse; failure to make restitution as directed regarding a conviction in Laurel Circuit Court on charges of making a false statement to prevent reduction of benefits over $100; flagrant nonsupport.

These two individuals were lodged in the Laurel County correctional center.

Billy Mosley, Lead Reporter for The Kentucky Daily

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