UPDATE: 4 boys missing from Kentucky found safe in Illinois; suspect arrested

Kentucky State Police confirmed four young boys taken by a Bardstown man on Friday evening have been located safe and unharmed in Illinois.
Published: Feb. 4, 2022 at 11:07 PM EST
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BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WAVE) - Kentucky State Police confirmed four young boys taken by a Bardstown man on Friday evening have been located safe and unharmed in Illinois.

An Amber Alert was initially activated for the four children on Friday evening.

According to a release, 32-year-old Richard Samual Gray allegedly murdered his girlfriend around 5 p.m. and left the victim’s residence with four boys.

Bardstown Police found the woman dead on the kitchen floor during a welfare check around 5 p.m., according to a Facebook post.

A neighbor told police they witnessed Gray take the four children, load them in a Jeep and flee the scene. Gray’s relationship with the children is unknown.

Around 11:15 p.m., police officers in Mt. Vernon, Illinois located the suspect along with the four children unharmed.

The Mount Vernon Police Department shared on Facebook that officers responded to a fight that broke out at the Mach One Gas Station in the 1400 block of South 42nd Street.

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After separating the two men involved, Mt. Vernon officials said one the men resisted arrest.

Officers took the man into custody, and after running registration on the vehicle left behind at the gas station, they found the vehicle had an Amber alert issued for it.

According to the Mt. Vernon Police officers, the man and driver of the car initially lied about his identity. The investigation revealed the man was Gray, who had a warrant for his arrest in Kentucky for First Degree Murder and Unlawful Imprisonment.

Police said Gray was taken into custody at the Jefferson County Justice Center and the Amber Alert was canceled.

His bond on the warrant is $50,000.

In addition to the charges he faces in Kentucky, Gray was charged with resisting/obstructing arrest, obstructing identification, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a firearm, among other charges.

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