Crime

Attempted abduction of teen in Laurel County leads to arrest

A 41-year-old man has been arrested for trying to abduct a 15-year-old girl from her home during the weekend, according to the Laurel County Sheriff's Department.

Carl DeWayne Miller was charged Saturday night at the Laurel County Detention Center, where he already was being held on an unrelated public intoxication charge. Deputies said Miller apparently has no permanent address and has been living out of his van in southern Laurel County.

Sheriff John Root said deputies began investigating late Friday, after the girl's mother called about an incident at her home off American Greeting Card Road in southern Laurel County.

Deputies said the 15-year-old girl was walking to a friend's home Friday afternoon when she noticed a white van following her. They said that she returned to her own home, and that a man from the van knocked on her door and asked to borrow a car jack.

When the girl declined, the man offered her drugs, began making sexual comments and grabbed her arm, the sheriff's department said. According to deputies, the girl broke free and ran to a neighbor's home for help, at which point the man fled.

An investigation ultimately led deputies to Miller at the detention center.

According to the sheriff's office, Miller served 10 years in prison for robbery and murder in a 1989 case.

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