Suspect in Laurel County TikTok hand signal rescue case indicted by grand jury


LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (FOX56/WKYT) – The man accused of holding a teenage girl against her will, who was found by a driver who recognized a hand gesture for help in southern Kentucky, has been indicted by a grand jury.

James Herbert Brick was indicted Friday morning on a kidnapping charge. The kidnapping charge was added against him during his last court appearance.

Brick is accused of taking a 16-year-old girl from North Carolina.

Authorities said the girl’s family knew Brick because they lived close to one another at a campground in Cherokee, North Carolina. When she left with him, her family reported her missing.

We’re told they made it to Ohio where Brick’s relatives became concerned about the relationship. The pair then left and headed south through Kentucky.

The detective said the girl was “scared to death” after Brick told her “that if she tried to run away, he would kill her animals, her pet dog, and himself in front of her.”

She began looking for ways to escape and used the ‘distress call’ hand gesture made popular on TikTok. A driver in Laurel County, who recognized the gesture, called police, which resulted in the rescue of the girl.

Sheriff’s deputies have said Brick could face additional charges, and some of them could be levied by federal authorities.

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