2018-02-28 / Front Page

Man charged with assault, kidnapping

Police have arrested a Rockhouse man on charges of kidnapping and assault for allegedly holding a neighbor prisoner for more than five hours and beating him, while accusing the neighbor of spying on him.

A large contingent of state troopers and sheriff ’s deputies arrested Joshua Reynolds, 29, of Ministry Lane, during a traffic stop near his home on Monday. Reynolds is in the Letcher County Jail on charges of kidnapping of an adult, and second-degree assault.

Police arrested Reynolds on a warrant obtained by Gregory Gibson, who told the county attorney that Reynolds held a gun to his head and beat him repeatedly with his fists and pieces of furniture. Gibson swore in the warrant that Reynolds threatened to kill him and everyone in his family. The attack and imprisonment allegedly occurred from 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 until 2 a.m. Feb. 23. It was not clear why Gibson was let go, or whether he escaped.

Gibson told authorities that Reynolds accused him of electronically spying on him “and other paranoid behavior,” and at one point hit him on the head with an oak end table.

In addition to the arrest warrant, police had obtained a warrant to search Reynolds’s home in case he was hiding inside, after an unidentified member of his family said they feared he would cause them harm.

Letcher District Judge Kevin Mullins signed the arrest warrant at 11:25 a.m. Feb. 28, and Reynolds was arrested on the road without incident about 3 p.m. that same day as he returned

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