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WKU employee held at gunpoint, suspect in custody


Editor’s note: This story has been updated due to a statement given by Mitchell Walker, WKU Police Department chief of police, to the Herald on Thurs. January 26 at 2:36 p.m.

A Morgantown man was arrested after holding a WKU employee at gunpoint in a campus parking lot on Wednesday evening, WBKO Channel 13 reported.

According to WKU Police Chief Mitchell Walker, just before 5:00 p.m. a WKU employee was walking in the Service Supply lot on campus, when a man hiding in a golf cart approached her at gunpoint, WBKO reported. 

The employee was able to distract the suspect and run away to call 911, to which WKU and Bowling Green City police were able to respond to the incident, WBKO reported, and were able to get into contact with the employee within 15 minutes of arriving to the scene. 

The suspect was identified as 47-year-old Jason Finley of Morgantown, where he was arrested and taken to the Warren County Regional Jail, WBKO reported. 

Walker said based on the investigation, Finley had been staying with a resident of Muse Bowling Green. He said the department does not think this incident was planned and that Finley had no affiliation with WKU or the employee involved. No one was hurt.

Finley is charged with unlawful imprisonment in the first degree, wanton endangerment in the first degree, wanton endangerment in the first degree to a police officer, terroristic threatening in the third degree, possession of a controlled substance, and resisting arrest, WBKO reported. Finley is currently being held without bond. 

News Reporter Molly Dobberstein can be reached at [email protected]

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