Twin inmates caught after escaping while attending burial

September 15, 2003|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - Two jail inmates who escaped custody of Casey County Sheriff Jerry Coffman Saturday while attending the burial of a relative, were apprehended early Sunday.

Eighteen-year-old twins Rodney and Ronnie Johnson of Malone Cemetery Road were apprehended about 3 a.m. Sunday in a mobile home on Snake Ridge, Sheriff Coffman said. The mobile home was owned by their uncle, Earl Coffman, who was not at home.

Sheriff Coffman said the mother of the Johnson twins wanted the teenagers to attend the funeral and burial of an uncle and asked him to bring them.

Coffman said he knew the family so he transported the teens from the Casey County Detention Center to the services.

"When we got to the cemetery on Dogwood Gap, they ran off and into a briar thicket," said Coffman. After searching for the two young men for several hours, Coffman, deputies Dennis Allen and Bob Weddle, along with special deputy Brent Delp searched again that evening. They went back later and apprehended the escapees.


The Johnson twins were arrested Friday on four counts of burglary, the sheriff said. They were charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, and one count of second-degree burglary and third-degree burglary.

The Johnsons were charged Sunday with second-degree escapee.

The Johnsons were charged with burglaries at the residences of Jason and Joyce Bruner on Ky. 49, Sue Malone on Malone Cemetery Road, Curt Moore of Beldon Branch and Jason West on Shucks Creek.

Sheriff Coffman said most of the stolen items that included guns, knives, a generator, saws and other tools, have been recovered.

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