A 52-year-old Austinville man has been charged with abduction and sex crimes against a minor in Carroll County.
According to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, his office received a call at approximately 10:20 p.m. on Saturday night reporting the attempted abduction of a 14-year-old child from a residence on Poplar Camp Road in the Austinville section of Carroll County. Gardner said Sgt. Barry Lineberry responded and was advised that an older white male had stopped his pickup at the residence, pointed something at the victim and forced them into the truck.
Sgt. Lineberry was advised that the pickup stayed in the area, but became scared when the victim’s grandmother got behind the vehicle and flashed her lights in an attempt to stop the pickup. The pickup stopped in the road and the juvenile child was able to get out of the car and told the grandmother what had occurred.
“Sgt. Lineberry was able to determine that the juvenile knew the person in the truck and was able to identify a location where the truck might be. Sgt. Lineberry went to the location and was as able to locate the truck and the driver. Sgt. Lineberry’s investigation discovered that the two had met on this night and on a previous occasion,” Gardner said in a press release. “Sgt. Lineberry arrested 52-year-old John Kyle King of Somerset Drive in the Austinville community for abduction with the intent to defile, two counts of sexual assault against a minor, and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.”
King was taken before the magistrate and is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.