Subject of Kentucky AMBER alert facing unrelated kidnapping charge
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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