Erlanger kidnapping suspect facing charges in 3 counties, police say

ERLANGER, Ky. -- The man accused of kidnapping and assaulting a woman early Thursday morning in Erlanger is now in custody in Grant County thanks to a tipster, according to police department spokesperson Jon Sterling. 

Brandon Foley, 25, is suspected in the kidnapping of a woman from an apartment complex on 3000 block of Lori Drive, Sterling said.

Foley had "some type of relationship" with the woman who was kidnapped, according to police; the victim was recovered and taken to the hospital with injuries to her face and head.

"The picture I saw (of the injuries) was pretty grotesque," Sterling said. "It's pretty inflammatory."

The Grant County Jail said Foley faces charges in three counties: kidnapping in Kenton County; traffic charges in Grant County; and other warrants in Boone County. He will remain in Grant County until he sees a judge, which could be as early as Monday.

Police became involved in the search for Foley around 3 a.m. Thursday, but Sterling couldn't immediately say how long the victim was held captive.

Foley was taken into custody without incident just before 5 p.m. Thursday at a Wendy's restaurant in Dry Ridge, according to Kentucky State Police Lt. Charlie Loudermilk. Another patron who saw Foley's picture in the news noticed him and called state police.

Authorities found the car in Grant County.

Authorities said they found the 2017 Toyota Corolla Foley was driving at 10:15 a.m. in Grant County on property owned by Foley's mother. He tried to break into a house and ran away when deputies arrived. 

The property is surrounded by rugged terrain. Kentucky State Police and the Grant County Sheriff's Office have helped Erlanger police in the search for Foley. A police dog searched the area for about two hours, until the trail got cold. 

"There's lots of 100-acre farms out there, so there's a lot of area to cover," Loudermilk said. "It's not flat area or a lot of street. It's a lot of farmland and woods and a lot of hills, so it's a very hard area to search."

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