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Prisoner caught after 5 months on the run

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. 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.

Police had to use a Taser stun gun to subdue Wynn after he would not comply with verbal commands to surrender. Wynn was also charged with resisting arrest. He was previously charged with first-degree escape, second-degree 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. State police found the van on KY 931 South at Sandlick on August 26 and released it to the Perry County Sheriff ’s Department.

Wynn was already facing criminal charges in both Perry and Letcher counties. In Perry County, Wynn is charged with shoplifting, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, public intoxication, tampering with physical evidence and giving a police officer a false name or address. A Letcher County sheriff’s deputy arrested Wynn in early April and charged him with public intoxication, possession of a controlled substance not in its proper container, second-degree fleeing or evading police and resisting arrest.

Wynn is also charged in Letcher County with second-degree assault, first-degree 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 first-degree persistent felony offender.


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