Whitesburg KY

Man charged with chasing two teen girls

A Whitesburg man is in jail on weapons charges after he allegedly chased two teenage girls near the Letcher County Health Department “making monster sounds.”

Richard Sandlin, 72, is in the Letcher County Jail on firearms charges, and charges of terroristic threatening and wanton endangerment.

Letcher County Sheriff Mickey Stines said two of his deputies were dispatched July 8 to assist Whitesburg Police Assistant Chief Justin Hunsucker with a complaint about a man carrying a gun at the Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, but when they arrived the man was leaving without incident. After checking his name they found he had an outstanding warrant and they began looking for his vehicle. They were still looking when a 911 call came in that there was a man with a gun trying to get into the Letcher County Health Department.

When deputies arrived, two young teenage girls in the parking lot told them a man had raised his hands, with stiffened arms and chased them making loud noises.

“He was making monster sounds, I guess,” Stines said.

The man had already gotten back in his Jeep and left, circling downtown. Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields pulled the vehicle over on Jenkins Road, and officers searched it. Police say they found several guns in the vehicle, including a pistol, a sawed off shotgun and a sawed off rifle.

Stines said while the guns were altered, Sandlin was not charged under the federal law that makes that a crime.

“He’s a convicted felon, so he can’t have any of them,” Stines said.

Sandlin faces three charges of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, in addition to the charges in the warrant.

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