By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia
A North Carolina man, wanted for the kidnap and rape of a 12-year old girl, is on his way to Montgomery County after being arrested Sunday in Franklin County.
Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle says the suspect, identified as Kenneth Michael Outen Jr. of Montgomery County, NC was arrested after allegedly leaving his two sons at Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center.
“Officers were dispatched to Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center in reference to two young males, ages 11 and 12 who had been dropped off,” Carlisle said. “When officers arrived at the ER, they learned a male subject had dropped the boys off with a note containing the names of two people to contact.”
According to Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas, the note Outen left with the boys also threatened suicide.
Officers were able to get in touch with one of the people in the note who said Outen was wanted for allegedly attacking her daughter.
“They were able to contact a female subject who was very upset and concerned about the welfare of the two boys,” Carlisle said. “Officers assured her the boys were safe and in custody. She then told them that Outen had raped her 12-year old daughter and that he was wanted in North Carolina.”
Carlisle said his officers confirmed through authorities in Montgomery County, NC that Outen was wanted for rape and kidnapping there.
After receiving a description of the vehicle Outen was driving, Franklin County dispatchers pinged Outen’s cellphone and were able to locate his vehicle, according to Sheriff Thomas.
“911 notified deputies that Outen was at the Welcome Center and was driving a silver Ford Escort,” Thomas said. “Outen was arrested without incident and was taken to the Franklin County Detention Center. Kenneth Michael Outen, Jr. appeared before the Franklin County Probate Judge Ken Eavenson and extradition papers were signed. Outen will be returned to North Carolina to face his charges.”
In North Carolina, Outen is charged with first-degree kidnapping and first-degree rape of a juvenile under the age of 13.
Outen is not charged with any crime in Georgia.
Meantime, the mother of the two boys Outen left at the hospital came from North Carolina and picked them up.