Macon County Chronicle

Woman Enters Westside Elementary to Report Her Own Kidnapping

Forty-four-year-old Noel Lee Jenkins, of Lafayette, was arrested at Westside Elementary School on Friday, April 29th, after a female subject reported to Westside administration that she was being held against her will.

According to arresting Officer Mark Bartley, of the Macon County Sheriffs Department, he and Deputy Anthony Warner were dispatched to the school after a member of the staff called, advising that a woman had come into the office and stated that a male subject, Jenkins, had held her against her will for two weeks in Kentucky and was still parked outside.

The woman told Jenkins that she had a child enrolled at Westside Elementary who she wanted to stop in and check on. The woman didn’t really have a child enrolled at the school, and instead used the opportunity to tell school staff that she needed help.

When authorities arrived, they smelled a strong odor of marijuana while speaking to Jenkins. Jenkins refused consent to search his vehicle, so Officer Bartley and K-9 Buzz performed an open-air search around the vehicle, at which time Buzz illustrated a positive indication of marijuana at the driver’s side door.

Officers Matt Looper, Darrell Taylor, Bartley and Troy Griggs then proceeded to search the vehicle, discovering a glass pipe, marijuana seeds, and an open container of beer. Also found under the liner of the driver’s side door, were three coffee filters that contained a small amount of white, powdery substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Jenkins then told authorities that he had a small bag of marijuana in his pants and consented to give it law officials.

Jenkins’ vehicle was seized on drug charges and he was transported to the Macon County Jail and charged with open alcohol container, drug-free school zone violation, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a Schedule II drug and possession of a Schedule VI drug. Bond is set at $75,000 and Jenkins is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on May 18. The Kentucky State Police are investigating Jenkins on the allegations of kidnapping.