MT. VERNON – Mt. Vernon police responding a a report of a fight in progress Friday arrested a 32-year-old Kentucky man wanted for murder and also rescued four children listed in an Amber Alert as endangered.
Mt. Vernon police officers responded around 9:30 Friday night to the Mach 1 gas station on 42nd Street on a report of a fight in progress.
Upon their arrival the officers were able to separate the two male subjects involved; however, one of the males reportedly would not cooperate with officers and began resisting commands leading to him being taken into custody.
Officers began an investigation of the incident and became aware of a vehicle on the parking lot that was reportedly driven by the male in custody.
Upon running the registration on the vehicle the officers learned an Amber alert had been posted on the vehicle and the vehicle was possibly being driven by a murder suspect, Richard Gray, from Kentucky and endangered children were also believed to be traveling in the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle / person in custody initially provided false information regarding his identity to officers.
However, officers were able to continue their investigation and determine the male was actually 32 year old Richard S Gray from Bardstown, Kentucky.
Gray had a Kentucky warrant for his arrest charging First Degree Murder and Unlawful Imprisonment. Bond on the warrant is $500,000.
Incident to his arrest officers conducted a search of Gray. During the search officers located a loaded, stolen handgun on his person.
The children were located safe in the vehicle and transported to the Mt Vernon Police Department.
The Division of Children and Family Services responded to the police department to assist in returning the children to family.
According to Bardstown Police, Gray murdered his girlfriend around 5 p.m. Friday and left the victim’s residence with four boys.
A neighbor told police they witnessed Gray take the four children, load them in a Jeep and flee the scene. Gray’s relationship with the children is unknown.
Detectives from the Bardstown Police Department traveled to Mt Vernon where detectives from the Mt Vernon Police Department and the Jefferson County States Attorney’s Office assisted them with the investigation.
In addition to the charges from Kentucky, charges against Gray for Resisting / Obstructing Arrest, Obstructing Identification, Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Criminal Damage to Property and Aggravated Battery are pending in Jefferson County.
Gray is being held in the Jefferson County Jail.