2 apprehended after reported abduction attempt

From Local Sources


ROCKPORT — Two individuals will face local charges after a Wednesday incident in Chrisney involving a brandished handgun report and a child abduction report that same day in Owensboro, Kentucky.

The Spencer County Sheriff’s Office responded to a College Street residence in Chrisney at 3:39 p.m. Wednesday when a male complainant reported another man had displayed a handgun to him. The suspect and another man had reportedly left the scene southbound out of Chrisney.

At 5:19 p.m., according to police, Kentucky authorities contacted the Spencer County Sheriff’s Office to report a man identified as Francis Wilkins V, of Owensboro, Kentucky, had allegedly attempted to abduct a child in Owensboro.

Police allege Wilkins was the same individual reported in the Chrisney incident.

A pursuit began in Kentucky, proceeding northbound into Indiana after the suspects’ vehicle was spotted.

Kentucky and Indiana authorities pursued the vehicle, which ultimately wrecked in a cornfield near the AK Steel plant off U.S. 231.

After the accident, police said, the driver, Robert J. Chilcoate, ran from the scene. Wilkins, a female and two small children were located inside the vehicle.

Police say a Spencer County Emergency Medical Services ambulance took the woman and the children from the scene to be checked at a hospital.

Wilkins was jailed Wednesday and will be facing charges, according to police.

Chilcoate was located and arrested in the early afternoon Thursday in the area of U.S. 231 and Spencer County Road 400N.

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