Preliminary hearing moved for three charged with Winchester kidnapping

Published 4:18 pm Wednesday, November 24, 2021

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Three individuals charged in an alleged attempted kidnapping in Winchester had their preliminary hearings rescheduled to Monday, Dec. 1.

Airica Edmonds, one of the charged defendants, was in the hospital Wednesday and could not attend the previously scheduled hearing.

Edmonds, 20, Tyler Fugate, 22, and Miracle Surprenant, 36, all of Kentucky, were arrested and charged with kidnapping on Nov. 5, the same day of the incident. The trio remain in the Clark County Detention Center. Bond has been set at $10,000 for each person.

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Winchester Police said a man, whose name has not been released to the media, was allegedly assaulted and had his hands tied behind his back near an apartment building on Hughes Avenue, according to court documents.

The man was then allegedly forced into the back of the car he was driving and held against his will with a sharp cutting instrument, according to court documents. During the drive, the man said all three participants allegedly threatened him and that he feared for his life, according to court documents. The man sustained facial injuries and had his teeth knocked out. He also had his cellphone confiscated.

The man was allegedly pushed out of the car six miles out on Muddy Creek Rd. His car and phone were eventually recovered.

Surprenant told police that she was the one who tied the man up and held the instrument at his side, according to court documents.

Fugate then drove the car away from the apartments, according to court documents.

Edmonds allegedly told police that she said to the victim that the trio would teach him a lesson for stealing a gun and that he was lucky she talked Fugate down because Fugate would have killed him, according to court documents.

According to Kentucky law, adult kidnapping is considered both a Class A and Class B felony. If the person sustained injuries during the crime is considered a Class A felony which carries a prison sentence of no less than 20 years and no more than 50 years. If the victim does not sustain injuries the crime is considered a Class B felony which is punishable with a prison sentence of no less than 10 years and no more than 20 years.