Tyler Gross, who allegedly raped a woman after breaking into her home, was indicted Friday.

In addition to being charged with first-degree rape and first-degree burglary, the Laurel County Grand Jury added two counts of kidnapping, one count of first-degree attempted sodomy, one count of first-degree robbery and first-degree wanton endangerment.

Around 2:15 a.m. Oct. 30, Gross reportedly broke into the woman’s Waterworks Road home by forcing his way through a window. Wearing a mask and brandishing a knife and gun, Gross woke the sleeping woman and started tying her up with string. After she was rendered helpless, Gross allegedly raped the woman in her bed while her 2-year-old son was present. He then reportedly stole her jewelry.

At Gross’ preliminary hearing, Kentucky State Police Detective Mike Bowling stated the woman recognized Gross’ voice, mannerisms and stature.

Police later found paint chips from the woman’s home on the bumper of his van, along with the string.

During the investigation, a police canine tracked a scent from the woman’s home to “an area where Mr. Gross currently resides,” which is in a trailer off Waterworks Road, Bowling said.

Bowling also stated Gross’ family members found items belonging to the woman and returned them to her.

A Grand Jury indictment is merely a formal accusation of a crime, not a verdict of guilt.

Staff writer Tara Kaprowy can be reached by e-mail at tkaprowy@sentinel-echo.com.

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