Man charged with kidnapping grandma, stealing car

Published 12:34 pm Friday, June 9, 2017

A Clark County man is facing robbery and kidnapping charges after he allegedly forced his grandmother to drive him to another county Wednesday.

Thomas Ballard, 33, of 1725 Cole Road, was arrested Wednesday afternoon by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

According the incident report, Kenneth Ballard said he was on the phone with Naomi Wingard, Thomas Ballard’s grandmother, Wednesday morning when she started yelling for Thomas not to come in her house. Kenneth Ballard said he lost contact with her. When he reached her house on Muddy Creek Road, Wingard and Thomas Ballard were gone.

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Later that morning, Kenneth Ballard said he got a phone call from Wingard who said she was in Montgomery County and that Thomas Ballard had taken her car. She also said Thomas forced her to drive him there by holding a knife on her.

Ballard was arrested in April after allegedly stealing Wingard’s car after she was locked in her basement for eight hours. According to court records, his preliminary hearing in that case was postponed until October so he could attend a drug treatment program. The court record shows he was released to his grandmother’s care and was admitted to the program April 21, but walked away two days later.

In March, Thomas Ballard pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted theft by unlawful taking and two counts of attempted theft by failure to make required disposition of property. He was sentenced to 360 days in jail, but the sentence was conditionally discharged for two years. Those conditions usually involve not violating the law for the following two years.

Ballard was lodged in the Clark County Detention Center on a $75,0000 bond.

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