By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
A man with a prior murder conviction is now held in jail for allegedly attempting to abduct a teen on Friday afternoon.
Carl Dewayne Miller, 41, is held in the Laurel County Detention Center under a $25,000 cash bond and is set for a preliminary hearing in Laurel District Court next week.
According to a press release from the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, a 15-year-old girl was walking to a friend’s house around 4 p.m. Friday when she noticed a white van was following her as she walked in the area off American Greeting Card Road.
The girl turned around and went back home, but the man who was driving the white van followed her and then knocked on her door. When the teenager answered the door, the man told her his van had broken down and asked to borrow a car jack. The girl said no, but Miller then offered her drugs and made sexual comments, then grabbed her arm and tried to force the girl to go with him. The young girl pulled free and ran to a neighbor’s house for help while the man fled the scene.
The girl told her mother the story when she came home from work and the mother contacted police to investigate the incident. Family members were familiar with the man and gave a good description to police.
Miller’s arrest came through a set of other circumstances, however.
He was arrested Friday night after a complaint of a man prowling around trucks at a gas station/food mart in southern Laurel County. Miller was arrested by Kentucky State Police officials for public intoxication and taken to jail.
The family members of the teenage girl saw the same white van parked in a lot off U.S. 25 on Saturday and contacted Sheriff’s officials to see what agency had impounded it, leading Deputy Robbie Grimes to question Miller in the jail. After an interview, Miller was charged with attempted abduction of a minor, which is a Class B felony.
Miller reportedly has been living in his van in the southern section of the county. He has previous charges in 1989 of two counts of robbery and murder and served 10 years in prison.
Although the situation turned out well for the teenage girl, Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy Gilbert Acciardo said the 15-year-old girl “did the right thing.”
“She saw the van following her and she turned around and went home,” he said. “When her mother got home, she told her what happened and the mother contacted police.”