Laurel Sheriff's Detective Kyle Gray along with Detective Sgt. Chris Edwards, Deputy Tommy Houston, and Sgt. John Inman with assistance from Capt. Kevin Barry, Sgt. Greg Poynter, Deputy Shannon Jones, Deputy Josh Morgan, and K-9 Deputy Jake Miller arrested Walter Earl Darling age 46 of Woodland Court, Keavy on Monday afternoon December 2, 2019 at approximately 4:08 PM. The arrest occurred in London following an extensive investigation conducted by numerous investigators of the Laurel County Sheriff's office after information was developed and possible suspects identified. Allegedly this individual using his own personal vehicle with emergency lights pulled over the victim’s vehicle on Highway 192 on the night of September 4, 2019. This subject is not a peace officer. This individual then forced himself into the female victims vehicle forcing the victim to drive to and unknown location in Laurel County where he attempted to have sexual intercourse. The female victim was able to get away from the suspect and call 911 for help. The suspect has been positively identified in a photo lineup and admitted to investigators that he committed the crimes that night. The car has not been recovered yet. Walter Earl Darling is charged with attempted right – first-degree; attempted sodomy first-degree; unlawful imprisonment – first-degree; impersonating a peace officer. This individual was lodged in the Laurel County correctional center. Photo of accused attached is courtesy of the Laurel County correctional center.
Laurel County Sheriff John Root stated that with the holidays upon us that he would like to reassure Laurel Countians that his office has worked tirelessly on this case and wants to reassure the public that his dedicated investigators wanted the victim and all Laurel Countians to feel safe as they shop and go about their normal daily routines in Laurel County today and everyday. We stand ready to serve and protect our citizens.
More arrests are expected on this case.
Background info on original press release:
Laurel County Sheriff John Root is reporting that: Laurel Sheriff's Deputy Tommy Houston along with Deputy Gary Mehler, Sgt. John Inman, and Detective Sgt. Chris Edwards are investigating an attempted sexual assault reported to the Sheriff's office at 10:35 PM on Wednesday night September 4, 2019. Deputies were dispatched to St. Joseph Hospital London to contact a female victim there. Upon arrival, investigators learned from the victim that she had allegedly driven her car from a store in London and was traveling out KY 192 approximately 3 miles west of London when a car came up from behind her at a high rate of speed, riding her bumper and the vehicle activated red and white flashing lights. The victim pulled off the roadway and a male subject armed with a large hunting knife jumped in her back seat forcing her to drive off onto a County Road into a large hayfield where he attempted to sexually assault her. The male subject then forced her to drive back onto KY 192 toward London making her stop along the roadway where he got out to make a phone call. The victim sped away driving herself to St. Joseph Hospital London seeking medical attention. The suspect vehicle is described as a full-size silver or dark gray passenger car that had a red and white flashing light. Anyone with any information regarding a possible suspect or a possible suspect vehicle is asked to contact the Laurel County Sheriff's office at 606-864-6600. Information will be strictly confidential. The investigation is continuing.