By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
A man who tried to force a young girl to get inside his vehicle last month was indicted by a Laurel grand jury on Friday.
Carl D. Miller, 42, who is a convicted felon, is now charged with attempted kidnapping and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.
A 15-year-old girl was walking to a friend’s home around 4 p.m. on May 10 when she saw a white van following her. The girl turned around and went back home, but the driver of the van followed her there, and knocked on the door. The young girl opened the door, at which time Miller allegedly said his van had broken down and wanted to borrow a car jack. When the teenager refused his request, he reportedly offered her some pills and made sexual remarks toward her. He then grabbed her arm and tried to force her to go with him.
The girl broke free from Miller and ran to a neighbor’s home as Miller fled the scene.
When the girl’s mother came home from work, the teen informed her of the incident and the mother called the police. A description of the driver of the van was provided by neighbors and friends.
Unpredictable circumstances resulted in the arrest of Miller later that night, when police went to a gas station in southern Laurel County after a report of a man prowling around. The man was arrested for public intoxication by Kentucky State Police troopers — totally unaware the man was being sought by Laurel County Sheriff’s officials.
However, family members spotted the van parked off U.S. 25 on Saturday morning and called the Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Robbie Grimes then went to the Laurel County Detention Center and questioned Miller regarding the attempted abduction of the teenager. Grimes then charged Miller with attempted kidnapping of a minor, a felony charge.
Miller, who lists no permanent address, already has a felony record, being convicted of murder and first-degree robbery in June 1990, for which he received a 10-year sentence on both, which ran consecutively, for a total of 20 years.
He remains incarcerated under a $25,000 cash bond and is scheduled for a court hearing on Aug. 26.
An indictment is an accusation only and does not imply guilt or innocence.