A Radcliff teen was arrested Thursday afternoon in northern Kentucky after reportedly stabbing and kidnapping two girls, including a former girlfriend, in Elizabethtown earlier in the day.
John Gaskins, 18, is facing numerous charges after forcing two sisters – ages 16 and 17 – into a vehicle at knifepoint from their driveway on Fentress Boulevard in Hardin County, according to a Kentucky State Police Post 4 news release.
The girls were stabbed – one of them in the hand – in their driveway and forced into the trunk of a 2004 Honda Civic belonging to the 17-year-old.
Authorities became aware of the situation at 9:40 a.m. when Meade County dispatch reported a stabbing at a cabin on Four Chaplins Lane in Vine Grove, which is in Meade County. When KSP units arrived, the 17-year-old was found with a stab wound to the palm of her hand.
The girls were taken there by Gaskins and forced into the cabin, the release said.
Gaskins used a rope to tie the hands of the girls behind their backs and tied each to a chair, police said. The 16-year-old agreed to leave with Gaskins and drive to Pennsylvania in an effort to save her sister from further harm, the news release said.
The teen left at the cabin managed to free herself from the rope and chair and went to a neighbor’s home to call 911.
At that point, authorities retrieved Gaskin’s phone number and a cellphone ping was requested. Gaskin’s phone was found heading north on Interstate 71 in KSP Post 5’s district, according to the release.
At about the same time, a vehicle crash was reported near the 64-mile marker exit on I-71 involving the Honda Civic.
Gaskins and the teen were found and detained at the scene of the crash. Gaskins was returned to Post 4 in Elizabethtown. The 16-year-old was taken to Post 5 in Gallatin County, where she was met by her parents, according to the release.
Both girls suffered minor injuries and were treated.
Gaskins is charged with two counts of kidnapping; two counts of second-degree assault; theft by unlawful taking; two counts of second-degree unlawful imprisonment and second-degree burglary.
He is being held in the Hardin County Detention Center.
The investigation by Post 4 Det. Scotty Sharp continues.