Fayette County

Lexington man accused of taking car with child inside. Firearm turned out to be pellet gun.

A police pursuit of a stolen car with a 14-year-old girl inside began in Madison County and ended in a crash Thursday afternoon in Lexington.

Thomas Oxendine, 33, of Lexington was charged after he allegedly stole a vehicle from a business on Merrick Drive in Richmond about 2 p.m., according to Richmond police. A woman reported an armed male took the car along with her 14-year-old stepdaughter in the back seat.

Police located the vehicle on Interstate I-75 and attempted to stop it, but Oxendine refused and led police on a chase that ended at Richmond Road and Man o’ War Boulevard in Lexington, Richmond police said.

Oxendine fled on foot after he crashed into a guardrail on Richmond Road, police said. He allegedly discarded a gun — later determined to be a pellet gun — before he was taken into custody.

Police told WKYT the owner of the vehicle got into an argument with her boyfriend, who drove away with the girl still in the vehicle.

The 14-year-old girl, who was in the car when it crashed, was safe but shaken after the ordeal, her aunt Anna Trent said.

Oxendine was arrested and charged with theft of motor vehicle, kidnapping, wanton endangerment, fleeing or evading police, evidence tampering, reckless driving and speeding. He has been placed in the Madison County Detention Center.

Trent said she knew of Oxendine, but did not know him personally. She added she was glad police had taken him into custody because “he is not a very nice man.”

When she got the call that her niece was taken during the carjacking, Trent said she was “terrified.”