Lexington woman charged with kidnaping; police search for husband

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comSeptember 25, 2013 

Jennifer Renee Washington

A Lexington woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that she helped her husband kidnap another woman, who was beaten with a tire iron, according to court records.

Jennifer Renee Washington, 33, was charged late Tuesday night with kidnapping. She allegedly was present while her husband tied, gagged and assaulted the woman in their basement, according to court records. Washington assisted in the assault and told the victim, "You are gonna get what you deserve," according to a court document.

Lexington police have issued an arrest warrant for Washington's husband, Alex J. Washington, on charges of kidnapping and second-degree assault. Police were searching for Alex Washington, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.

The victim told police that Alex Washington drove her to his home on Dalna Drive in the Eastland Park area, according to Jennifer Washington's arrest warrant. The victim told police that Alex Washington was extremely angry, and he forced her to go to the basement.

Alex Washington allegedly held a knife to the throat of another man, Thomas Stokley, and forced him to duct-tape the victim's arms behind her back and duct-tape her legs together, court records showed.

The Washingtons allegedly stuffed and taped an orange cloth in the woman's mouth and assaulted her with a tire iron, the arrest warrant said.

The victim had purple bruises on her lower back and minor bruises on the right side of her face, consistent with the use of a tire iron, Jennifer Washington's arrest warrant said. The woman was bleeding from her right elbow.

Stokley corroborated the victim's statements and called 911 to stop the assault, the arrest warrant said.

Officers learned that Alex Washington was known to frequent the Sportsman Motel on Winchester Road, Roberts said. When officers arrived there, Washington fled toward the Eastland Trailer Park. Police with dogs tried to track Washington, but he hadn't been found by late Wednesday afternoon, Roberts said.

Jennifer Washington, who was arrested at the couple's home, entered the plea in Fayette District Court. She was being held at the Fayette County Detention Center.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: (859) 231-3409. Twitter: @vhspears.

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