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Escapee is caught after 5 months

An escaped inmate from the Letcher County Jail has been caught after being on the run for more than five months.

Stevie Daniel Wynn, 33, of Thornton, was arrested at 11:38 p.m. on Feb. 1 after he was found hiding in the bedroom of a mobile home on 3535 Thornton Road at Camp Branch. Wynn escaped last August after assaulting a Perry County jail security officer while being transported back to Whitesburg after a court appearance in Hazard.

Acting on a tip, Kentucky State Police and Letcher County sheriff ’s deputies went to the mobile home and found a female hiding in the corner of a bedroom. The woman told police Wynn was hiding under the bed, according to an arrest citation written by Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Thomas.

Lt. Brian Damron of the sheriff ’s department said Wynn would not comply with verbal commands to surrender and police had to use a Taser stun gun to subdue him. The bed had to be lifted off of Wynn before he was taken into custody, Damron said.

“We appreciate the people who called in and referenced seeing him,” said Damron. “Without people in the community helping us, this capture probably would have been prolonged even more.”

Wynn was also charged with resisting arrest. He was previously charged with first-degree escape, seconddegree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment and theft by unlawful taking (automobile).

Police said Wynn was being transported through Knott County around 3 p.m. on August 24 when he was able to climb through a security screen inside a white 2010 Dodge Caravan and overpower the jail deputy and escape.

Wynn was already facing drug and petty theft charges in both Perry and Letcher counties.

Wynn is also charged in Letcher County with second degree assault, firstdegree criminal mischief, driving under the influence, (second offense), failure to maintain required automobile insurance, tampering with physical evidence, leaving the scene of accident and being a firstdegree persistent felony offender.

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