Paducah police arrest man stabbed in September on kidnapping charges

A man who was stabbed on Sept. 30 has been arrested on charges of kidnapping. Paducah police say he was stabbed when he kidnapped three people at gunpoint.

The Paducah Police Department says on Sept. 30, 58-year-old Vernon Ward was upset because he believed a female acquaintance, her son and another man had stolen marijuana from him. Ward, armed with a handgun, allegedly confronted the two men that day at his home before forcing them into a car when they denied taking the marijuana.

Police say Ward then drove to the woman’s home, confronted the three of them again, and forced them all into the car at gunpoint after they denied taking the drugs. Ward took their cell phones and began driving back to his home. 

Ward continued to threaten to kill the men and the woman if they didn’t return the marijuana, police say, and the woman’s son began fighting Ward when Ward pointed the gun at her. During the fight, the son pulled a knife and stabbed Ward three times in the neck and head.

Ward’s car crashed into the back of another vehicle during the struggle, and the woman, her son and the other man ran away. Police say Ward pointed the handgun at the driver of the other vehicle before walking toward his house a few blocks away. 

Ward was taken to a local hospital, and the three victims were interviewed by police. Detectives served a search warrant at Ward’s home later that day and found the handgun police say was used in the kidnapping in a bedroom dresser. Police also say they found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. 

Ward was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 7, on three counts of kidnapping, first degree wanton endangerment, tampering with physical evidence, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, first degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed in McCracken County Regional Jail. 

The police department says more charges against Ward are pending, and no charges are anticipated against any of the kidnapping victims.

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