Kentucky man accused of kidnapping, raping woman

Published: Nov. 19, 2018 at 8:34 PM EST
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A Kentucky woman was raped after she asked for a ride from a man she thought that she recognized, according to Lexington police.

Police say Franklin Faulkner, 45, gave the victim a ride. But, at some point during the encounter on Sunday, Faulkner took her into a wooded area and raped her, according to the arrest report.

Investigators say it could have been much worse, however, if not for the help of an off-duty animal control officer.

According to police, the suspect's vehicle broke down at around noon on Sunday after the incident on Leestown Road.

Lt. Jai Hamilton, who works for Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control, says one of his officers stopped to help who he thought was a stranded driver.

The victim then told the officer what happened, and he took her to the police roll call center.

"He was just a regular person pulling over to do something good for somebody else," Hamilton said. "It prevented something worse from happening."

Court records show Faulkner has an extensive history of encounters with the law. He has a long list of prior charges in Fayette and Casey counties.

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