N.C. Rape, Kidnapping Suspect Arrested in Franklin Co.

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

Kenneth Outen JrA North Carolina man wanted for the kidnap and rape of a 12-year old girl is on his way back there after he was arrested Sunday in Franklin County.

Lavonia Police Chief Bruce Carlisle said the suspect, identified as Kenneth Michael Outen Jr. of Montgomery County, North Carolina was arrested after allegedly leaving his two sons at Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center.

“Officers were dispatched to Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center in reference to two young males, ages 11 and 12 who had been dropped off,” Carlisle said. “When officers arrived at the ER, they learned a male subject had dropped the boys off with a note containing the names of two people to contact.”

Meanwhile, Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas said the note Outen left with the boys also threatened suicide.

Carlisle said that officers were able to get in touch with one of the people in the note who said Outen was wanted for allegedly attacking her daughter.

“They were able to contact a female subject who was very upset and concerned about the welfare of the two boys,” Carlisle said. “Officers assured her the boys were safe and in custody. She then told them that Outen had raped her 12-year old daughter and that he was wanted in North   Carolina.”

Carlisle said his officers confirmed through authorities in North Carolina that Outen was wanted for rape and kidnapping in Montgomery County.

Then, Sheriff Thomas said after receiving a description of the vehicle Outen was driving, Franklin County dispatchers pinged Outen’s cellphone and were able to locate his vehicle.

“911 notified deputies that Outen was at the Welcome Center and was driving a silver Ford Escort,” Thomas said. “Outen was arrested without incident and was taken to the Franklin County Detention Center.  Kenneth Michael Outen, Jr. appeared before the Franklin County Probate Judge Ken Eavenson and extradition papers were signed. Outen will be returned to North   Carolina to face his  charges.”

In North Carolina, Outen is charged with first-degree kidnapping and first-degree rape of a juvenile under the age of 13.

He is not charged with any crime in Georgia.

As for the two boys, authorities said Outen left at Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center, their mother came from North Carolina and picked them up.