|"I carry a caddle prod everywhere I go. Kinda like a Swiss Army knife."|
Kenneth Scott Samples
Shoe impressions led to 30-year-old from Elkview.
An employee of Patty's Hot Spot #2 in Jefferson called police at about 2 a.m. Thursday to report an assault with injuries. The employee reportedly told Kanawha County Sheriff's Department deputies that man entered the business at about closing time and she asked him to leave, but when she turned her back, the man grabbed her in a choke hold from behind and used a cattle prod on her neck, then demanded she perform a sexual act on him.
The victim told police she fought with the man until he fled the business. The woman also told police the man was in Patty's Hot Spot #2 earlier Thursday night and said his name was Kenneth and he was staying at the Jefferson Motel.
Police located shoe impressions in the snow and tracked similar footprints to room 12 of Jefferson Motel where they confronted a man in the room who told them he was Kenneth Scott Samples, 30, of Elkview.
Samples was wearing clothes that matched the victim's description and also the shoe impressions in the snow, according to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department. Samples reportedly apologized and said he did not want to go back to jail.
He was charged with attempted sexual assault and also assault during the commission of a felony. Samples is a registered sex offender because of a 1999 conviction for attempted first-degree sexual assault. He served 13 months in a correctional facility and five years of probation.