Escapee back in custody

KSP apprehend man near his residence

By Joe P. Asher - [email protected]

Joe Johnson Jr.

Kentucky State Police apprehended a Coldiron man after he allegedly ran when police arrived at his residence to serve him with a warrant for escape.

Joe Johnson Jr., 21, was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Jimmy Halcomb on Friday.

According to KSP Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs, Johnson had several outstanding felony warrants. Troopers Halcomb and Jared Boggs received information of Johnson’s location and went to his residence to serve the warrants. When police arrived, Johnson fled out the rear window. Johnson failed to obey verbal commands to stop, so troopers pursued him on foot. When the troopers caught up to him, Johnson began fighting and resisted arrest. Troopers were able get him into handcuffs and take him into custody.

The citation states KSP Trooper Kevin Miller placed the handcuffs on Johnson.

In addition to being served with warrants for first-degree escape, theft by unlawful taking under $500, third-degree criminal trespassing and receiving stolen property (firearm), Johnson was charged with second-degree fleeing and evading police, menacing, resisting arrest and second-degree disorderly conduct. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.

Johnson had escaped from custody at Harlan ARH Hospital on Sept. 5.

According to a press release issued by the Harlan County Detention Center at that time, at approximately 12:01 p.m., Harlan County Detention Center staff called 911 from Harlan ARH Hospital reporting that Johnson had escaped the deputy jailer’s care while at the Hospital. The deputy reported that Johnson had broken what appeared to be a 9-12” florescent bulb over the sink in the hospital room in front of the deputy jailer. He stated that Johnson presented the weapon in the direction of the deputy jailer and said “I will kill you.” The inmate exited the room and made his way to the stairwell. He then pursued the inmate into the stairwell where Johnson lunged at the deputy with the broken bulb several times. The deputy jailer reported that Johnson repeatedly told him “I will kill you if you follow me.”

In other police news, an Evarts man has been indicted on multiple drug charges stemming from incidents occurring in 2012 and 2013.

Thomas J. Holden, 32, of Evarts, was arrested on indictment warrants by Evarts City Police Sgt. John Teagle on Thursday. He was indicted for first-degree possession of a controlled substance, illegal possession of a legend drug, prescription controlled substance not in proper container, first-degree wanton endangerment, fourth-degree assault and persistent felony offender II.

Holden was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on two full cash bonds totaling $10,500.

Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-909-4132 or on Twitter @joe_hde

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KSP apprehend man near his residence

By Joe P. Asher

[email protected]

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