A Flat Gap man was arrested last Wednesday after Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies served a warrant for the Magoffin County Sheriff’s Office which alleged the man assaulted a woman while she was driving a vehicle with three children in it, according to court documents.
JCSO Deputy Scott Hazlette served the warrant July 10 in Flat Gap, which charged the man with fourth-degree assault (domestic violence with minor injury) and four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.
The warrant said that Kenny McKenzie, 40, of Flat Gap, was a passenger in a vehicle traveling on U.S. 460 and “grabbed (the driver) by the hair of the head and began punching her in the face while she was driving her car on U.S. 460 towards Salyersville,” which manifested “extreme indifference to human life,” and wantonly endangered the woman and three children in the vehicle.
Two of the three children were McKenzie and the driver’s, while the driver’s 16-year-old son was also in the vehicle, according to the warrant. The driver stated that after McKenzie began striking her in the face, she was unable to see and began trying her best to pull the vehicle over safely, while the children in the vehicle attempted to get McKenzie to stop the assault, according to the warrant.
After the vehicle was stopped, McKenzie grabbed the woman’s phone and “busted it on the roadway so she would not be able to call 911,” the warrant said, and, once out of the vehicle, the woman flagged down a passing vehicle and McKenzie “ran into the hills.”
According to the warrant, Magoffin County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Tipton observed injuries to the driver’s lip, eye and the left side of her face and photographs were taken. Tipton also interviewed the children who were in the vehicle at the time, according to the warrant.
McKenzie was lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where he remained as of presstime Tuesday. A preliminary hearing in McKenzie’s case is scheduled for July 22 in Magoffin County District Court.