LMPD: Man forces girl into trunk at gunpoint, demands money


by WHAS11


Posted on May 21, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 21 at 6:12 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky -- A Louisville man is accused of kidnapping a girl and demanding ransom from her family for her return.

The teen was able to get away, and with the help of some good Samaritans, was able to get back home to her family.

Those who helped the teenager told us about the kidnapping victim and say when they saw her walking down Sunset Avenue, they knew something was wrong.

“She came around the corner and she was crying. I was kind of worried. I was like what's wrong with her. She walked up and asked if she could use the phone. And we allowed her to use the phone and she called some people and the police came,” Renaul Johnson, a witness, said.

Johnson was sitting on the porch Saturday afternoon when he saw the girl.

“When she came out of the porch she said they had just let me out of a trunk. I was like what? They let you out of a trunk?” Johnson, said.

Police say the 17-year-old girl was able to point out Bryan Smith as her captor.

“We believe that the victim and the suspect knew each other prior to the incident. At some point, the suspect accused the victim of taking money from him. At that point, we believe the suspect held the victim at gunpoint, called the victim's family and demanded the money from the victims family,” Lt. Todd Kessinger, said.

Police say the victim was told repeatedly that she was going to be killed.  Police say they tracked down the car in question and found some of the victims items inside, as well as other evidence.