Efforts to arrest a McMinnville man and his mother in connection with the rape of a minor created a standoff with law enforcement.
The man, Gary Lee Lankford, 47, and mother, Rosemary Kenney, 65, were taken into custody Wednesday after being located and stopped while traveling on Twin Oaks Road.
While Kenney was taken into custody willingly, Lankford was not. He refused to obey commands and made threats to harm officers and/ or commit suicide by taking “a handful of pills.”
Warren County EMS was on standby. Once negotiations resulted in Lankford’s surrender, he was taken to Saint Thomas River Park Hospital for observation.
The arrests stem from allegations that Lankford raped a 14-year-old female and that his mother tried to coerce the victim into naming someone else as the culprit.
According to McMinnville Police Department, detectives were investigating the rape allegations against Lankford when additional allegations were levied against Kenney that she attempted to persuade the juvenile into naming someone else for the rape.
Lankford also had an active federal indictment pending against him for possession of a handgun by a felon.
Lankford was picked up on the federal indictment and charged with rape. His bond was set at $700,000. Kenney was charged with coercion of a witness. Her bond was set at $200,000.
Both individuals reside at a home on Anderson Street.