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Attempted murder and kidnapping arrest in Laurel County

From The Laurel County Sheriff's Department -

William Overbey - LCCC

Laurel Sheriff's Deputy Tommy Houston along with Deputy Justin Taylor, K-9 Deputy Jake Miller, and other deputies arrested 56 year old William Robert Overbey of London on Wednesday morning October 21, 2020 at approximately 6:33 AM.


The arrest occurred off KY 490 in a business parking lot while deputies were investigating a burglary and kidnapping allegedly occurring at a residence off Old Crab Orchard Road 3 miles north of London on Tuesday night October 20, 2020 at approximately 11:33 PM.


Allegedly, Overbey entered the residence of his ex-girlfriend who had recently obtained an EPO against him. He brandished a handgun forcing her, her four children, and the victim's sister into a vehicle. He then forced his ex-girlfriend to drive to a location on Litton Town Road approximately 2 miles away collecting cell phones from occupants in the vehicle and pitching them out the window. Overbey then allegedly then forced the ex-girlfriend at gunpoint out of the vehicle forcing her to walk onto railroad tracks nearby and out of sight of other individuals. One of the occupants in the vehicle still had a cell phone and was able to call 911 for help. The female victim and suspect were not immediately located. At approximately 6 AM on October 21st the victim was able to escape and get help from her sister.

Laurel County deputies saturated the area with extra patrols attempting to locate Overbey including a location on Chapel Road where individuals had reported the suspect might be located. While deputies were in that area, they overheard a gunshot in the vicinity and were almost immediately dispatched by 911 to a complaint of a shot fired from a pistol from a male subject at a business off KY 490 nearby.


Upon arrival at the scene, deputies scuffled with Overbey. They learned that he had attempted to take the keys of a vehicle from an employee at the business and had allegedly fired a round toward the victim during the attempted theft. Overbey was still armed with a pistol when he was arrested.


William Robert Overbey was charged with burglary – first-degree; five counts of unlawful imprisonment – first-degree; wanton endangerment – first-degree; kidnapping; attempted theft by unlawful taking – auto; attempted murder; resisting arrest; public intoxication – controlled substances; assault – 4th degree; violation of Kentucky EPO. In addition, he was wanted on a Laurel District Court forth with order of arrest.


Overbey was transported to St. Joseph Hospital London for possible drug overdose and then was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center. The female victim had minor injuries but did not require medical attention. One Deputy received minor injuries and damage to his uniform while taking Overbey into custody.

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