Subject of Kentucky AMBER alert facing unrelated kidnapping charge

Published: Jun. 17, 2011 at 7:47 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2011 at 8:44 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Joshua Gouker, who Louisville police put out an AMBER alert for Thursday, is now locked up in Alabama facing a kidnapping charge.

His 15-year-old son Joshua Young, the reason for the AMBER alert and 29-year-old Jahaira Riddle were arrested at the same time.  All three face charges of carrying a pistol without a permit.

Homewood Police in Alabama say the three were arrested at a Rodeway Inn there on Wednesday at the request of Madison Police, also in Alabama.

They say the three met a woman in her 40s Wednesday at a hotel near Madison, in Huntsville and asked her for a ride to the bus station.  Madison Police Lieutenant Terrell Cook says after riding around, Gouker pulled a gun on the woman and forced her to drive to Homewood.

Cook said the victim was forced to rent a room for the three and then she left.  She drove back to Madison, where she filed a police report.

Homewood police were able to arrest Gouker, Young and Riddle without any problem.

On Thursday, Louisville Metro Police, at the request of a judge, asked Kentucky State Police to issue an AMBER alert for Gouker and Young.

Gouker also has arrest warrants in Floyd County, Indiana for not showing up at a court hearing Thursday and in Louisville from Kentucky Probation and Parole for leaving.

He is the stepfather of 14-year-old Trey Zwicker, who was found beaten and stabbed behind Liberty High School in May.  LMPD detectives have not released the names of any suspects in Zwicker's death.

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