Police: Man stole car, kidnapped minors, drove recklessly

Danny Marcum

Madison County deputies arrested a man on 13 charges, several of which he's facing multiple counts of, Sunday afternoon after he allegedly kidnapped two minors in a vehicle he didn't have permission to drive.

Around 1 p.m., multiple agencies received multiple calls about Danny Marcum, 36, unknown address, driving a Ford on Boonesborough Road, passing Dollar General, toward Interstate 75, and other callers reported he was driving into oncoming traffic, according to a citation.

While on I-75 South, it was reported Marcum struck another vehicle and fled the scene, the citation states.

Deputies were told Marcum took exit 90B, drove into the Richmond Police Department lot, then took off again toward downtown Richmond, the citation states. Deputies were also told the two minors who were in the vehicle were not in child restraint systems, and there were no child seats.

While downtown, Marcum stopped in the middle of traffic to confront another driver, the citation states. Marcum told the other driver he would kill them, the citation states, before he drove up to the yard/walkway of First Presbyterian Church, where he almost struck two unidentified people.

Marcum then drove over a Central Bank parking sign before he got back onto Main Street and pulled into the rear parking lot of Combs, Parsons and Collins Funeral Home, the citation states. Deputies, Richmond police and Kentucky State Police spoke with Marcum, whom they believe was highly intoxicated on stimulants (suspected methamphetamine), the citation states.

Marcum was screaming there was someone in the trunk of the vehicle trying to kill him, however, police searched the trunk and found no one. Police then tried to get the minors away from Marcum, but he screamed at police that they were not taking them and refused to let go one of them, whom he was holding.

Police then physically removed the child from Marcum's arms without hurting the child, the citation states. They did that by trying to deploy a Taser multiple times, which didn't have an effect on Marcum, before one officer actually struck Marcum with the Taser itself while other officers and deputies wrenched the child from his arms.

"It appeared that he was seriously going to injure (the victim) or worse by his actions," the citation states.

Marcum continued to resist arrest and was taken to the ground, during which time a deputy's FitBit, valued at less than $500, was damaged, along with the deputy suffering a sore wrist, the citation states.

Deputies made contact with the owner of the vehicle, who said Marcum didn't have permission to drive it, and the owner, who is believed to be the children's grandfather, didn't know Marcum had the minors, either, according to the citation. The two minors were released to their father after Social Services were contacted.

Through investigation, police determined Marcum had been at a home on Maple Grove, where there were two other juveniles (not the two who were in the vehicle with Marcum) who have a protective order against Marcum.

Marcum was taken to Baptist Health Richmond Hospital by Madison County EMS at his request, the citation states, but before leaving the parking lot, he continued to yell and "draw undue attention to himself, causing alarm to others in the area."

At the hospital, Marcum refused to give blood to deputies, saying he had "already given some to the hospital," the citation states. He was then cleared from the hospital and was taken to the MCDC, where he remained Monday afternoon, according to online jail records.

He is facing the following charges: leaving the scene of an accident (failure to render aid or assistance), five counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, third-degree terroristic threatening, reckless driving, operating on a suspended or revoked license, second-degree disorderly conduct, two counts of third-degree criminal mischief, resisting arrest, two counts of kidnapping a minor, theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more, but less than $10,000), two counts of violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc. (aggravating circumstances) and two counts of failure to use child restraint device in vehicle.

Reach Sara Kuhl at 624-6626; follow her on Twitter @saraekuhl.

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