A Big Clifty man is charged with kidnapping his ex-wife Tuesday night from an Eastview home, striking her with a rifle and threatening to kill her.
Corey Portman, 29, faces several felony charges following his arrest by Kentucky State Police.
According to an arrest citation, Portman arrived at his mother’s home where his ex-wife and two children were staying. The citation said he had a crowbar and a rifle.
Once in the home, he began beating on a bedroom door where his ex-wife and children were in where the ex-wife said he pushed a rifle into her stomach and said he was “going to kill her,’’ the report stated.
She said their children were crying and they ran from the bedroom.
Portman and the woman then went outside and at some point he fired a shot into the air and told her he was taking her rental car or he would shoot it up, according to the report. He told her she would either drive the vehicle or he would kill her, according to the citation.
She and Portman then left and he drove the vehicle. She said he pointed a gun at her and drove “very erratically and at a high rate of speed,’’ according to the citation. When she screamed, he reportedly struck her in the face with the barrel of the rifle, although it didn’t leave any facial marks.
The woman told police she got into the car so that if he did kill her it wouldn’t be in front of their children and that if they left, he “couldn’t hurt the kids’’ if he was gone.
Questioned by state police after he was stopped while pulling back into the driveway of the Eastview home early Wednesday morning, Portman denied all accusations and said he only fired a shot into the air and threatened to shoot at the car. He said he had been under a lot of stress and “didn’t know what to do.’’ Police found a rifle in the back of the vehicle.
Portman is charged with kidnapping of an adult and first-degree assault — domestic violence, Class A felonies punishable by 20 to 50 years or life in prison, if convicted; first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree unlawful imprisonment, Class C felonies punishable by five to 10 years in prison, if convicted and endangering the welfare of a child, a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted.
All of the charges are elevated one level because of the reported possession of a firearm.
Portman is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.