Police- Man stabbed, raped woman while holding her hostage

A Barbourville man is being held on a $250,000 bond after police say he kidnapped a woman, held her against her will, raped her and stabbed her repeatedly. Police are awaiting toxicology reports to determine what, if any, drugs were in his system at the time.

On Thursday, November 23, Knox 9-1-1 received a call about “hearing a female yelling for help” and the caller also stated they could see blood on the walls inside the home.

When police arrived, the found both doors of the residence pulled together but not locked. A male voice could be heard from inside the home, though no one would come to the door. According to a release from Barbourville Police, officers noticed blood on the walls and directed Fred Brown, 44, from inside the trailer, securing him and made entry into the home.

When police entered the home, a female called out from a bedroom and said she couldn’t come out. The victim, a 39-year-old female, was found immobile in a bed, covered in blood and suffering from blood loss. Officers remained with her until Knox EMS workers could respond. She was then transported to a waiting helicopter that took her to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment.

According to a statement from the victim, who will remain unidentified, Brown held her against her will for an unknown amount of time, repeatedly stabbing her, raping her and stabbing her again. She was found to have over 25 penetrating wounds and dozens more superficial slices, cuts or jab marks.

Brown was charged with Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder (Domestic Violence), Kidnapping 1st degree, Unlawful Imprisonment 1st degree, Rape 1st degree and was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center with a $250,000 bond.

Assisting at the scene were: Chief Winston Tye, Ptl. Eric Martin, Ptl. Elijah Broughton, Ptl. Chad Wagner, Ptl. Josh Lawson and Det. Steve Owens, investigating officer.