Casey jail escapee found in Mercer

August 12, 2003|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - The inmate who walked out of the Casey County Detention Center Friday night has been apprehended in Mercer County.

Michael Wayne Craig, 23, was found at 10 p.m. Monday in a mobile home in rural Mercer County after a tip on his whereabouts, according to Capt. Justin Bowmer at the Casey jail.

Casey Deputy Sheriff Dennis Allen found Craig hiding in a bathroom vanity at a mobile home on Old Dixville Road.

"We got a tip from the Liberty Police Department that he (Craig) was hold up in a trailer," said Bowmer. With the help of Allen, state police in Richmond, and officers from Mercer County and Harrodsburg, Bowmer said the place was searched.

Allen said seven other people were inside and outside the mobile home. "They told us he was in the trailer and that we could go in and look for him," said Allen.


Craig apparently tried to get through a window then changed his mind after seeing officers surround the mobile home.

"We went in and searched and found Craig hiding in the bathroom," said Bowmer. "He was caught without incident."

Craig was transported back to the Casey jail and will be charged later, according to Bowmer. Craig was in jail on two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and theft by deception. His bond is $43,500 cash.

Allen said the others in the mobile home will probably not be charged. They knew Craig but apparently did not know he had escaped from jail.

Bowmer said the night Craig escaped, he got mixed up with the state inmates, then ran out the door.

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