TPR Lloyd Cochran
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 11, London
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Two Held Hostage in Laurel County
(London, KY) - On Thursday, March 11, 2004 at approximately 9:40 a.m. Laurel 911 received the report of a possible hostage situation at the Super 8 Motel, 10 miles south of London off US 25 E in North Corbin.
Laurel County Sheriff Deputies William Jones and Glenn Reed responded to the report and upon arriving requested assistance from the Kentucky State Policewhen it was determined that a male employee was holding two female employees against there will in a room at the motel.
At that time members of the London / Laurel County Major Crimes Task Force responded to the scene and began negotiations with the male. During negotiations it was determined that maintenance employee.
Paul E. Reynolds age 40 was holding his wife and motel manager Joyce Reynolds age 40 along with his niece Angela Woods age 26 employed as a housekeeper at the motel against their will in one of the rooms.
At approximately 2:05 p.m. through negotiations Paul E. Reynolds released one of the hostages Angela Woods in exchange for a pack of cigarettes. Negotiations continued until approximately 4:25 p.m. when Paul E. Reynolds released his wife Joyce and turned himself over to officers at the scene without incident. No injuries were reported during the incident.
Paul E. Reynolds was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center charged with 2 counts of Kidnapping 1st degree and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
The London / Laurel County Major Crimes Task Force consisting of Detectives from the Kentucky State Police, Laurel County Sheriff Department and London City Police Department are continuing the investigation. Laurel County Deputy Sheriff Detective Johnny Phelps is the lead investigator.
Assisting at the scene were members of the Kentucky State Police, Laurel County Sheriff Department, Kentucky State Police Special Response Team, Laurel County Special Operation Team, Kentucky State Police Hazardous Devices, Region 11 Haz Mat Task Force, Ambulance Incorporated of Laurel County, and West Knox Fire Department.