Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

March 1, 2014

Law agencies investigate local assaults

By SARAH ROSE and GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Investigations are under way into two assaults that occurred in separate locations in Barren County on Thursday and Friday, and law enforcement officials haven’t yet determined whether the incidents are related.

The Glasgow Police Department responded about 4 p.m. Thursday to an apparent home invasion at 115C Olivia Drive in Glasgow, according to a GPD press release. Brandon Harper, a resident of the apartment, was beaten during the invasion.

Harper, whose age was not available, was flown to the University of Louisville Hospital, according to the release. His father, Kenny Harper, said by phone from the hospital Friday that Brandon Harper is “lucky to be alive.”

“He’s in a lot of pain,” Kenny Harper said, adding that his son is in stable condition.

“He’s doing better. There’s no broken bones and there won’t be any surgeries,” Kenny Harper said. “And he’s talking a bit.”

Kenny Harper declined to talk about the specifics of the incident because it is still under investigation.

Meanwhile, the Barren County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident that occurred between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Friday at a home near the intersection of Flint Knob and Whitney Woods roads.

“A male subject here was found by a neighbor with his hands tied behind his back here on the porch and had suffered some blunt-force trauma to the head. The injuries were sustained during the robbery attempt,” said Deputy Mike Houchens, public information officer for the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office would not release the name of the injured man, pending notification of family members. The man was transported from the scene by the Barren-Metcalfe Emergency Medical Service and was later flown to University of Louisville Hospital, according to BMEMS Director Mike Swift.

“We haven’t identified any suspects,” Houchens said. “We’ve got a couple of leads that we are investigating.”

In addition to the sheriff’s office and EMS, the Cave City Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene. Det. Rusty Anderson is leading the investigation.

Houchens said he isn’t yet sure if the events on Olivia Avenue and Whitney Woods Road are related, but that the sheriff’s office is “not going to rule it out.”

Julie Anne Williams, public affairs officer for GPD, also said she isn’t sure if the incidents are related, but that the departments will work together on the cases if there’s a reason to believe they might be connected.

Williams said no other information could be released about the Olivia Avenue incident at this time because it remains under investigation.

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