herrin in jailUPDATE: OHIO COUNTY, Ky. (8/16/17) — A woman accused of holding her father and his juvenile son hostage overnight was taken into custody yesterday in Owensboro.

Ohio County Sheriff Tracy Beatty said OCSO, Kentucky State Police and the U.S. Marshal’s Office took Emily Jo Herrin into custody at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. After the Marshals charged Herrin, she was transported to Ohio County Detention Center by DCSO, where she is being held without bond.

Herrin was charged with first-degree robbery, kidnapping of adult and minor, first-degree wanton endangerment and endangering the welfare of a minor.

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OHIO COUNTY, Ky. (8/11/17) — A man and his son reported being held hostage all night in their Beaver Dam home during a call to 911 yesterday.

Ohio County Sheriff Tracy Beatty said Ronnie Leach called Central Dispatch at 7:41 a.m. saying he and his juvenile son had been tied up all night after his daughter and son-in-law held them at gunpoint, took their phones and bound their hands and feet with zip ties. Leach reported they were locked in a bedroom closet and later placed in the bedroom.

Beatty said Leach’s daughter, Emily J. Herrin, stole a large amount of cash from him and then took his car. Leach told police that his daughter drove to Indiana to purchase heroin. Leach’s father visited later in the morning setting the man and his son free.

OCSO deputies, Beaver Dam and Kentucky State police went to Herrin’s residence on South Stanley Lane and spoke with Herrin’s four small children, who said their parents were locked in the bedroom and wouldn’t answer the door.

Police entered the home and eventually forcibly entered the Herrins’ bedroom, when they would not answer the door. There, police found Ronald D. Herrin II and Emily Herrin unconscious on the bed. Emily Herrin eventually woke up but was unable to focus, said police. Ronald Herrin became conscious after Ohio County EMS administered medical care. The children were taken into Child Protective Service.

After obtaining a search warrant, police discovered syringes, scales and paraphernalia associated with drug use. Firearms were also confiscated that were used while holding Leach and his son captive.

The Herrins were transported to Ohio County Hospital for treatment of overdose and then transferred to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital.

Ronald and Emily Herrin were charged with first-degree robbery, two counts of kidnapping, five counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. Emily Herrin was also charged with theft by unlawful taking/automobile more than $500.

Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News Director

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