Commonwealth Journal

October 8, 2013

Perry indicted in kidnap, murder scheme

‘Rescue’ plot was for teen girl

by Heather Tomlinson
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset —

 
A Somerset man was indicted after authorities allegedly came across his alarming plan to take a 16-year-old girl from her home and kill her family. 
Steven Matthew Perry, 20, of North Ky. 1247, Somerset, was in-dicted this month by the Pulaski County grand jury on one count of attempted kid-napping, three counts of attemp-ted murder, one count of solicitat-ion to commit kidnapping, one count of solicitation to commit murder, and six counts of being a persistent felony offender. 
An investigation began in early September after one of Perry’s friends told detectives that Perry had drafted plans detailing his desires to “rescue” a 16-year-old female from her parents’ residence and “neutralize” the 16-year-old’s family in the process. 
The friend went to the police after Perry allegedly approached him and asked for help in carrying out the plot. Perry’s request that his friend help with the plan led to the solicitation to commit murder and kidnapping charges. 
The acquaintance was identified as Larry Calhoun in the indictment. 
Detectives examined documents provided to them by Calhoun, and they found “a list of steps the suspect would take as well as a list of items needed to carry out the plan,” according to Lt. Det. Brett Whitaker, with the sheriff’s department. 
The documents included print-outs of the 16-year-old victim’s home from Google Maps, a written diagram of the victim’s residence and street, and photos of the victim and her family members.
“There were also writings suggesting the suspect would kill the parents and family pets in order to get the child out of the home,” Whitaker said in a press release. 
Whitaker said detectives discovered that Perry met the 16-year-old girl through the social networking site Facebook, and later at the Pulaski County Fair. Perry allegedly developed an infatuation with the girl.
“Detectives also learned (Perry) had been diagnosed and treated for mental problems, which apparently played a part in his infatuation with this child,” Whitaker said in the press release. 
Detectives got a search warrant for Perry’s current address, 3559 North Ky. 1247, and allegedly discovered several items listed on Perry’s list of things needed for the plan, including tents, sleeping bags, camp clothing, and other survival items. 
No weapons were found during the search. 
Perry was initially arrested on an outstanding warrant on Sept. 5, 2013, and lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center while the investigation continued. He has remained there on a $100,000 cash only bond since he was formally arrested in connection with the indictment on Oct. 5. 
The indictment alleges that Perry planned to kill three different victims through his plan to “rescue” the 16-year-old girl from her home. Whitaker confirmed that the plan included details on killing the 16-year-old’s parents and her sister. 
Pulaski County Sheriff Todd Wood said Calhoun’s decision to step forward and report the alleged plan allowed law enforcement officials to get to the bottom of the situation before anything occurred.
“Because of the report made by the acquaintance, Perry was not able to place this plan into action,” said Wood in a press release. “Although we cannot be sure if Perry would have actually carried out this plan, he is now in custody and this family is no longer in any danger.”
Det. Jon Hutchinson presented the case to the grand jury. 
Perry has a court date set for Oct. 24. 
The names of the 16-year-old girl and her family have not been released. 
An indictment is an accusation only, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court.