Friday, July 27, 2001

Colerain man charged with abduction, assault

By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HARRISON — A Colerain Township man was captured in Harrison on Wednesday night after his wife was abducted, her friend was assaulted and police were led on a chase in Indiana and Ohio.

        Police from Indiana, Harrison and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department arrested Larry Gentry, 34, of Windy Way, Colerain Township, and charged him with abduction, assault and domestic violence.

        Police said Mr. Gentry's wife, Karen Hatfield, was abducted from the entrance to Martin's Mobile Home Park in Miamitown, and she and Bobbi Minges, 36. were assaulted.

        Mr. Gentry had previously threatened to abduct Ms. Hatfield and kill her and her children, police said.

        Dearborn County sheriff's deputies and Batesville police were called to a service station at Interstate 74's Batesville exit, where Mr. Gentry was attempting to force Ms. Hatfield into his truck, police said.

        When they arrived, Mr. Gentry released his wife and headed east on I-74. He left the freeway at the New Haven exit and drove toward Harrison. His vehicle struck “Stop Sticks” placed on the road by police, but he continued to flee.

        As he was chased by officers from Harrison, Hamilton County deputies and Indiana State Police, Mr. Gentry lost control of his truck on Washington Avenue in Harrison, where he was taken into custody.

        He is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center. He has felony charges pending in Indiana.

        Ms. Hatfield suffered minor injuries.


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