By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
A Laurel man with a long legal history is now facing more charges after allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman.
Ricky N. North, 48, of Echo Valley Road in Lily, is held in the Laurel County Detention Center under a $100,000 cash bond on charges of second-degree rape, kidnapping an adult and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
North was arrested on Monday morning after Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies combed a wooded area behind a residence on Echo Valley Road. North was apparently hunting for the victim of his assault, who had fled the residence and hid in a nearby camper.
Police went to the scene after receiving a complaint of a woman screaming for help at the residence on Echo Valley Road, seven miles south of London. They found the 27-year-old woman trying to hide from North. The woman told police she had been forced at gunpoint to leave a residence on U.S. 25, then driven to the home on Echo Valley Road, where North sexually assaulted her. She had cuts, bruises and abrasions on her body. She told police she and North were not acquainted.
After the attack, the woman managed to flee the residence, taking refuge in the camper while North is believed to have gone to the wooded area in search of her. A shotgun was found at the scene.
North was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in May of this year. He lists a legal history from 2003 that includes driving under the influence, receiving stolen property, criminal trespass, possession of marijuana, wanton endangerment, abandonment of a minor, menacing, terroristic threatening, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.
Responding to the scene were Deputies Tyler Morris, Mikey Ashurst, and Sgt. Brett Reeves. They were assisted at the scene by Constable Denver Mays. The investigation into the incident is being continued by Deputy Morris and Detective Stacy Anderkin and Deputy Larry Parrott. Additional arrests are expected.