UPDATE: Three arrested in connection with Lewis County Detention Center escape

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LEWIS COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 12/21/18 @ 12 p.m.
Kentucky State Police say a woman has been arrested following the escapes of inmates Brandon Long, 32, and Paul Napier, 30, from the Lewis County Detention Center.

Troopers say Amy Corns, 35, drove the two, using her vehicle, through central Ohio on Thursday night. All three were arrested on Interstate 71 North in Ashland, Ohio.

Corns is charged with complicity of escape in connection with the two escaped inmates.

It is unknown what her relationship was with the two men.

Kentucky State Police are also investigating the possible involvement of a jail employee in the escape.



UPDATE 12/20/18 @ 11:35 p.m.
Both Lewis County Detention Center escapees were caught Thursday night in central Ohio, according to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office in Ohio.

It reports that Brandon Long, 32, and Paul Napier, 30, both were arrested, along with another person in the car. Long and Napier were the escapees from the Lewis County Detention Center. Both had been convicted on burglary charges.

The pursuit started in the Columbus area and went through multiple Ohio counties, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office says. It ended on Interstate 71 North near exit 185 in Ashland, Ohio.

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UPDATE 12/20/18 @ 10:55 p.m.
One of two inmates who escaped Thursday afternoon from the Lewis County Detention Center has been caught in central Ohio, according to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Paul Napier, 30, was taken into custody after a vehicle pursuit into Ashland County, Ohio, that then led to a foot pursuit.

Brandon Long, 32, remains at large.

Both men escaped around 3 p.m. from the Lewis County Detention Center after a power outage caused an outside door to open. Both inmates had been convicted on burglary charges and were eligible for parole next year.



ORIGINAL STORY 12/20/18
Two inmates are on the run from the Lewis County Detention Center, county officials there say.

Brandon Long, 32, and Paul Napier, 30, escaped from the jail around 3 p.m. Thursday, according to officials. Both had been convicted on burglary charges.

Long was convicted on burglary charges in Greenup County, while Napier was convicted in Boone County.

Both men were listed as being eligible for parole in 2019.

According to jailer Jeff Lykins, the inmates escaped through the state side door of the jail. He explained that the electricity was off earlier in the day after a utility pole was damaged during a car crash. That caused the side door to open.

Investigators are looking into whether the suspects had help from a jail employee in leaving the area. They’re also on the lookout for a brown Chevrolet Malibu that may have been used in the escape.

Anyone with information about the men's whereabouts is asked to call 911.




 
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