Woman imprisoned in basement for 6 hours

Published 12:24 pm Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A Clark County woman claims she was locked in her basement for more than six hours while her grandson stole her car and contents of a safe.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to 5149 Muddy Creek Road early Monday morning after Naomi Wingard climbed through a basement window and called police.

Wingard told deputies her grandson Thomas Ballard, along with another male and a female, showed up at her home at 11 p.m. Sunday to change the oil in a truck, according to an incident report at the sheriff’s office.

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After two hours, the female ran up to the house carrying a stick and saying Thomas was after her. Wingard said she let the woman inside the house and they went to the basement. When Ballard allegedly tried to enter through the basement door, the female ran upstairs and locked the door. The outside basement door was jammed as well, according to the report.

Wingard said she escaped around 7:30 a.m. Monday and called for help.

Wingard said her 2012 Ford Fusion was missing as well as a safe containing her wallet. Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue also said jewelry was missing as well.

Perdue said the Monday incident was the latest in a string of events dating back to late November or early December 2016.

Perdue said there are several outstanding warrants against Ballard from previous incidents, but Ballard has been evading police. He is believed to be living somewhere in Estill County, Perdue said.

UPDATE: Ballard was arrested by KSP Wednesday. He is being held in the Clark County Detention Center on charges of second-degree fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest and theft of an automobile.

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