Man faces attempted kidnap, stalking charges
Saturday, September 07, 2013 5:00 AM
A Trimble County man faces attempted kidnapping and stalking charges after being arrested by police Friday.
James D. Harmon of Bedford, has been arrested on charges of attempted kidnapping, stalking and terroristic threatening.
James D. Harmon, 39, of Bedford, was arrested at the Trimble County Public Library following a police investigation into complaints by a woman that Harmon had approached her children and tried to get them into his vehicle.
Harmon was arrested on preliminary charges of kidnapping-minor - or attempted kidnapping - a Class C felony; stalking, a Class A misdemeanor; and two counts of terroristic threatening, a Class A misdemeanor.
The children's mother alerted the Trimble County Sheriff's Office about three weeks ago after a man, now identified as Harmon, approached the children and her several times over the past two months. An investigation by law enforcement found Harmon had been in contact off and on with the children and their mother throughout July and August.
"We took this very serious," Trimble County Sheriff Tim Coons said of the complaint. "This was a thorough, but quick investigation."
The arrest warrants stated Harmon had followed three juvenile females around Bedford trying to get the children into his vehicle several times. The arrest warrant also stated Harmon made sexual comments toward the three girls while repeatedly trying to lure them into his vehicle to play video games.
At one point, Harmon tried to grab one of the girls and had his hands on the girl before friends were able to pull her away, court records show.
Arrest warrants stated Harmon had stalked the juveniles and yelled at their mother, making vulgar comments toward her and her children. The documents also stated the mother reported that two juvenile boys had run into her home from the bus stop one morning after Harmon made sexual comments toward them.
"We had enough evidence ... to alarm us very much," Coons said. "I'm relieved as the sheriff to have him incarcerated at this time."
Carrollton officials also increased patrols in the school zone to watch for a male suspect thought to be Harmon after a Carroll County parent alerted authorities about a man approaching a juvenile female after school.
Carrollton Police Chief Michael Willhoite said court documents showed Harmon had been arrested on charges for the harassment of adult women at least two times over the past two years and had been found guilty of those charges.
Coons said the investigation into the current case is ongoing and additional charges might be filed.
The Trimble County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Kentucky State Police and the Carrollton Police Department in the arrest.
Harmon is lodged at the Carroll County Detention Center.