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Man arrested for kidnapping, robbing and sexually assaulting woman on Oak Hill exercise path

Local - 6/15/2014 7:56 PM by Karen Franklin
OAK HILL - A Fayette County man faces felony charges for Saturday night's brutal attack on a woman at a popular exercise trail. 

Thomas Gene Carter, Jr., 47, of Oak Hill was arrested around 1 a.m. Sunday for kidnapping, sex assault and robbery after authorities say he attacked a 48-year-old woman jogging on the Rails-To-Trails exercise path around 6 p.m Saturday evening.

Carter is accused of attacking the woman, dragging her into a wooded area, tying her up, gagging her and then using a knife to cut off her clothes. 

Deputies told WOAY he threatened to return to the area and assault her again before killing her.

The unidentified woman was able to escape, and is listed in stable condition, according to authorities. 

Carter was apprehended under a porch at a home in Briarwood Trailer Park following an anonymous tip. 

Oak Hill Police Chief Mike Whisman told Newswatch it's extremely unusual for something like this to happen on the exercise path. 

"The part of the trail that this took place on is kind of remote," he said. "Probably one of the most remote places or the more remote places on the trail. It's not visible by the road. There's no cars traveling by. There's no houses around. These areas of the trail people need to be extra cautious and extra safe."

Both police and deputies credit the public and the work of a K9 bloodhound team to the arrest of Carter.

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