A man who escaped from a medium to minimum security correctional facility in Kentucky more than two years ago has been apprehended in Kingsport, Tenn., with federal authorities saying he now faces burglary charges in Washington County, Tenn.
The Kinsport Times News reported that a press release from the U.S. Marshals Service stated Brandon Saylor, 29, was located Wednesday evening at 1768 Whispering Hills Drive in Kingsport.
As law enforcement approached, he reportedly attempted to run out a side door, but was met by waiting marshals and taken into custody, officials told the newspaper.
Multiple other agencies assisted in the investigation and capture, including the Kingsport Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Department and Bean Station Police Department.
Saylor escaped the Kentucky Department of Corrections Marion adjustment Center in March of 2011. The marshals office says he was incarcerated in the facility, located seven miles from Lebanon, on convictions of burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, wanton endangerment, and fleeing and evading police. He had reportedly used an alias over the past two years to avoid capture.
In February of this year Saylor allegedly stole firearms during a home invasion and robbery in Harlan County. The U.S. Marshals Service was asked for assistance in locating and arresting Saylor, with an extensive manhunt leading into East Tennessee.
Following his arrest in Kingsport, Saylor was transported to the Washington County Detention Center where he faces charges for another burglary in that jurisdiction.
Saylor was spotted in a mobile home park in Bean Station last month.
Saylor had outstanding warrants in Harlan County and a January 2013 aggravated burglary out of Washington County, Tennessee.
Saylor was featured in WJHL TV’s Monday’s Most Wanted on April 29.
“It’s a privilege for us to be part of the Smoky Mountain Fugitive Task Force and to get this young man in jail who committed an $18,000 burglary, including stealing guns,” stated Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal in a press release. “I know the public in Washington County was concerned, and with him being in jail there are families here who can feel safer today. ”
Harlan area police had also searched for Saylor since the February incident on Ivy Hill in Harlan.
At that time, Harlan Police Chief Mike Thomas said Saylor went to a residence belonging to Fred Chasteen and took two firearms on Feb. 1. Weapons taken were a .22-caliber rifle and a shotgun.
Thomas said Saylor was the victim’s stepson.
According to the earlier report, Thomas said it was not a random act as Saylor knocked on the door and when it was opened asked for Chasteen, then forcing his way into the residence with a gun.
Thomas stated that Saylor claimed Chasteen owed him money and then took the two weapons and fled. Amy Clem was at the residence when Saylor came to the door and opened it.
“She (Clem) said that he had a gun on him and forced his way in and took the rifle and the shotgun. Then she called us and he ran and hid,” said Thomas.
Thomas said a manhunt was conducted by Harlan City Police with assistance from the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office at that time.
Kentucky Department of Corrections Public Affairs Officer Todd Henson told The Enterprise in February that Saylor would face escape charges when captured.
“Saylor was classified as a minimum security inmate and was housed in the minimum security unit at the Marion Adjustment Center,” said Henson. “Inmates who escape from minimum security units are referred to as ‘walk-off’s’ because there is no fencing. However, they will face felony escape charges.”