LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Two men were taken into custody following a homicide and three carjackings.
“I turn around and I see the barrel of that gun pointed in my face,” Pastor Larry Sykes said. “He said, ‘Your keys and your phone; that’s all I need are your keys and your phone.’”
Sykes recalled the moments that he said a gunman stole his Jeep and phone on Jan. 16.
”Honestly, the immediate thought was not fear; it was frustration,” he said. “It was why? What are you doing and why are you doing this?”
He said after the carjacking and learning more about the suspect, 19-year-old Ethan Maddox, he’s more grateful than ever.
”Nothing but gratitude that fills my heart, quite frankly,” Sykes said. “I’m thankful to God to be alive.”
Middletown police said that after arresting Maddox on Friday, he asked to speak to the LMPD Homicide Unit because he had information regarding a homicide that happened in October.
WAVE 3 News told you about that story, where a man was gunned down on Senn Road. While Maddox did not confess to the shooting, he said he was there when it happened.
On Sunday, 20-year-old James Barton was arrested and now faces the same charges as Maddox.
Both are facing murder (complicity) and tampering charges. The victim in that homicide was later identified as 27-year-old Dalton Doggrell.
“I’m sorry for the other victims this has happened to and truthfully my heart’s desire is that they too will begin to feel some comfort,” Sykes said.
Beyond the victim listed in the Senn Road homicide, police from both LMPD and Middletown say Maddox has been charged in a total of three carjackings this month alone.
As for Sykes, he said his message for the community, and his Clay Street Baptist congregation, is this:
”We’re not exempt from trouble,” he said. “We’re not exempt from trial, and in a moment, your life can be gone from you and so thank God for every day.”