Jury convicts Kentucky trio of string of crimes, including pretending to be cops, theft and kidnapping

In a case of crime that seems pulled from the pages of a dime store crime novel, a Kentucky trio was found guilty Monday of a string of felony crimes including kidnapping while impersonating police officers while carrying stolen weapons.

A federal jury convicted two Louisville men and a Louisville woman of numerous felony offenses, including kidnapping, robbery, drug trafficking, and money laundering after a ten-day jury trial. Several other defendants previously pleaded guilty to the charges.

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge Michael E. Stansbury of the FBI Louisville Field Office, and Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel of the Louisville Metro Police Department made the announcement.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, on July 20, 2021, John E. Lohden, Jr., 34, and others, while impersonating United States Marshals, kidnapped and held a victim for ransom. The jury found Lohden guilty of one count of kidnapping and one count of impersonator making arrest or search.

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