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Man faces kidnapping charge after meeting up with juvenile

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By The Staff

PIONEER VILLAGE - After getting some calls about a suspicious vehicle a couple of weeks ago, Pioneer Village police have made an arrest of a man who is charged with kidnapping a minor girl.

Nathaniel Hamilton Hardy, 20, of Bates Lane in northern Bullitt County, is in the Bullitt County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash bond.

He is charged with kidnapping, custodial interference, unlawful transaction with a minor and expired registration receipt.

Hardy was also on a diversion program for two counts of sexual misconduct.

According to Pioneer Village police chief David Greenwell, Hardy was seen with a minor girl in his vehicle. When neighbors saw them near Little Flock Baptist Church on Tuesday, he received a call. Hardy was apprehended at the Lowe’s in Shepherdsville.

Greenwell said the police had been on the watch.

Apparently, the suspect met the 12-year-old girl on the internet, according to Greenwell. Neighbors were told of the girl’s description, as well as Hardy and his car.

On Tuesday, Greenwell said someone saw the girl and Hardy together. Once he was called, Greenwell said the suspect was apprehended without incident at the Lowe’s on Conestoga Parkway in Shepherdsville.

The girl was not harmed.

The chief said the girl’s parents didn’t recognize or know Hardy.

He was very pleased that the neighbors were alert and made the call so quickly.

“It is good that the neighbors can talk to the police and have that close relationship,” said Greenwell.

The most serious charge is a Class B felony, punishable by 10-20 years in prison.

The probable cause hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 9, at 10 a.m. in Bullitt District Court. At that time, the case could be sent to the grand jury for possible indictment.