L to R: Anthony C. Grinnel & William L. Tate

KSP Locate Kidnapping Victim during Traffic Stop on Interstate 75 in Madison County, Kentucky, Arrest Driver from Cleveland, Ohio and Passenger of Newland, North Carolina

RICHMOND, KY (October 31, 2023) – The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is reporting that KSP Post 7, Richmond was notified of a nationwide alert just before 7:30 a.m., Tuesday morning, October 31st, 2023 of a possible abduction in Wayne County, Ohio.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol contacted the Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post, advising of a cell phone ping on I-75 in Lexington, KY, headed south en route to Tennessee.

A KSP Trooper observed a vehicle traveling on I-75 South in Madison County around the 95-mile marker, possibly related to the abduction, and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle.

The victim was located safe in the vehicle.

The operator of the vehicle was identified as Anthony C. Grinnel, 29 years-old, from Cleveland, OH. Mr. Grinnel was a suspect in the possible abduction in Ohio and was taken into custody for questioning.

Anthony Grinnel was later charged with:

  • Unlawful Imprisonment 1st degree

This individual was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.

A passenger, William L. Tate, 27 years-old, from Newland, North Carolina, was also arrested.

William Tate was charged with:

  • Possession of a defaced firearm

This individual was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.

Photos of the accused are courtesy of the Madison County Detention Center.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Kentucky State Police.

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