Crime

Man arrested in Lexington after woman tells clerk she was taken hostage

Jeffrey Rowland, 50, of Winchester was charged with kidnapping Thursday and lodged in the Clark County jail.
Jeffrey Rowland, 50, of Winchester was charged with kidnapping Thursday and lodged in the Clark County jail. Clark County Detention Center

A man was arrested in Lexington Thursday after his wife told a truck stop clerk she was being held against her will in a vehicle, police said.

Jeffrey Oliver Rowland, 50, of Winchester, was arrested by Kentucky State Police and charged with kidnapping, according to a citation at the Clark County jail, where Rowland was lodged.

The citation said Rowland “bound and gagged” his wife, then “tortured her for several hours, causing bodily injury.”

Rowland was arrested just before 9 a.m. at the Thoroughbred Center off Paris Pike, Lexington police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said.

The search began just before 7:30 a.m. when a woman told a clerk at Love’s truck stop off Interstate 75 in Madison County that she was being held hostage, state police Trooper Josh Brashears said. The clerk gave police the license plate number and description of the car the woman was in.

Investigators identified the woman and used her cellphone to locate her in Lexington, Brashears said. The incident is thought to have started in Clark County before the woman spoke to the clerk in Madison County.

The victim has an active domestic violence order against the man who was arrested, Brashears said.

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