UPDATE: Last escaped Boyd County Detention Center inmate captured

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UPDATE 8/30/17 @ 8:40 p.m.
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A Boyd County Detention Center inmate who was among four men who escaped in late July was captured Wednesday in Greenup, according to the Greenup County prosecutor.

A $500 reward had been offered for the capture of Timothy Bates, 26, who also goes by Shawn.

According to a news release from the Boyd County Sheriff's Department, Bates was arrested about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of U.S. 23 and state Route 2 in Greenup.

Deputies say Bates attempted to pull a firearm from his pants, as well as a large knife. The gun ended up being fake.

Bates faces an escape charge.

He is in custody in the Greenup County Detention Center on several other charges out of Boyd and Greenup counties, as well as in Cabell County, West Virginia, according to information from the Boyd County Detention Center.

The other three escapees have since been arrested.



UPDATE 8/3/17 @ 2:45 p.m.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A reward has been offered to help capture the final escapee from the Boyd County Detention Center.

A $500 reward has been offered for specific information leading to the capture of Timothy Bates.

According to a release, Bates frequently goes by Shawn and may have slightly longer facial hair than pictured.

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UPDATE 8/3/17 @ 4:00 a.m..
GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Robert Rains was captured early Thursday morning in Greenup County.

Rains is the third escapee from the Boyd County Detention Center to be caught.

According to a release from Flatwoods Police, Rains was found hiding in a closet at a home in the 2500 block of Greenbo Boulevard.

Police also arrested Rains' girlfriend, Carrie Vanover for hindering prosecution and resisting arrest.

Rains, Timothy Bates, Jeremie Deboard and Zachary King escaped from the Boyd County jail early Sunday morning.

Deboard and King were apprehended the next day.

Officials discovered the inmates were missing around 6:30 a.m. during one of the three daily headcounts.

The inmates escaped through a pipe chase, broke through into a mop closet into an unsecure area of the jail, and went out an emergency fire exit.

Timothy Bates is the last inmate currently still on the run.

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UPDATE 7/31/17 @ 6:40 p.m.
CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The search for two inmates that escaped from the Boyd County Detention Center continued Monday after the men escaped early Sunday morning.

Officials with the jail say Timothy Bates and Robert Rains remained on the run Monday after escaping with Jeremie Deboard and Zachary King around 4 a.m. Sunday.

Boyd County Jailer Joe Burchett tells WSAZ search crews were out until about 9 p.m. Sunday and were back out Monday looking for the men. Burchett says it appears the four escaped by climbing through a part of the ceiling in a bathroom and ending up in a mop closet. They were then able to sneak out a door and over a fence.

This was because of the jail calls a "design flaw" from a construction project in 2006.

"I figured it was secure," Burchett said. "I didn't think there was any way they could crawl and get through the ceiling. But apparently the box didn't go up far enough, and they climbed over, and out the door they went."

Burchett says this escape is tragic and adds the jail will do everything within their power to make sure something like this never happens again. Burchett says unfortunately this kind of thing happens in jails.

"No jailer wants that to happen but it does happen, and it has happened before. We've caught two of them, and we're working as hard as we can to catch the other two."

The search has included agencies from both Boyd and Greenup counties and has required a lot of manpower, resources, and tax dollars. But Burchett says they are trying to avoid using too much of funds.

"It's mostly comp time," Burchett said. "They're taking in comp time. We've got some of them out today and they're already scheduled to work, but that puts the jail over stressed. We have some out just doing it on there own, volunteering."

The escapees are incarcerated on drug-related charges and are not wanted or convicted of any violent crimes.

If you see these men or have information on their location, please call 911 or the Boyd County Detention Center at (606) 739-4224, option 1, ext. 264 (booking).

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile, and WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 7/30/17 @ 9:25 p.m.
CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Two inmates who escaped from the Boyd County Detention Center have been caught.

According to Boyd County Jailer Joe Burchett, Jeremie Deboard and Zachary King were found in Flatwoods Sunday afternoon.

Timothy Bates and Robert Rains are still on the run.

Investigators say the four escaped around 4 a.m. Sunday. They were discovered missing around 6:30 a.m. during one of the three daily head counts.

Crews from several departments in both Boyd and Greenup Counties were out searching Sunday. The Catlettsburg and Ashland Fire Departments even had boats out on the Ohio River.

Officials with the jail say it appears inmates escaped through a pipe chase, broke through into a mop closet into an unsecure area of the jail, and went out an emergency fire exit.

The jail says this is because of a “design flaw” in a part of the jail that was built in 2006.

Burchett says the jail was unaware of the flaw until the escape, but says those security flaws were fixed Sunday morning shortly after the escape.
Burchett called what happened “tragic.”

“I’m sorry,” said Burchett. “We’re going to make sure it won’t happen again. I guess we got a little bit lax.”

The jail is near homes and neighbors say the news of the escape didn’t bother them or make them question their safety while living so close, but do hope the jail looks at bettering security.

“I think they need to look at it,” said Lorrain Rymer. “See what they can do to improve it, and I’m sure they will. The jailer over here, the police force, they're all very efficient. If they see something wrong they're going to fix it.”

“I mean others have escaped and they've always been apprehended,” said Charles Allen. “So I’m very confident in the police they do a good job. I mean this is gonna happen when you have several prisoners.”

The escapees are incarcerated on drug related charges and are not wanted or convicted of any violent crimes.

If you see these men or have information on their location, please call 911 or the Boyd County Detention Center at 606-739-4224, option 1, ext. 264 (booking).

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile, and WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.



UPDATE 7/30/17 @ 2:55 p.m.
CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Two inmates who escaped from the Boyd County Detention Center have been caught.

According to the Boyd County Jailer, Jeremie Deboard and Zachary King were found in Flatwoods Sunday afternoon.

Timothy Bates and Robert Rains are still on the run.

Investigators say the four escaped around 4 a.m. Sunday. They were discovered missing around 6:30 a.m. during one of the three daily headcounts.

Officials with the jail say it appears inmates escaped through a pipe chase, broke through into a mop closet into an unsecure area of the jail, and went out an emergency fire exit.

The jail says this is because of a “design flaw” in a part of the jail that was built in 2006.

The escapees are incarcerated on drug related charges and are not wanted or convicted of any violent crimes.

If you see these men or have information on their location, please call 911 or the Boyd County Detention Center at 606-739-4224, option 1, ext. 264 (booking).

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile, and WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.



ORIGINAL STORY 7/30/17 @ 10:17 a.m.
CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Officials are looking for four men they say escaped from the Boyd County Detention Center early Sunday morning.

Timothy Bates, Zachary King, Robert Rains, and Jeremie Deboard, all from Ashland, are the inmates officials are looking for.

According to a press release, the four escaped around 4 a.m. Sunday. They were discovered missing around 6:30 a.m. during one of the three daily headcounts.

Officials with the jail say it appears inmates escaped through a pipe chase, broke through into a mop closet into an unsecure area of the jail, and went out an emergency fire exit.

The jail says this is because of a “design flaw” in a part of the jail that was built in 2006.

The escapees are incarcerated on drug related charges and are not wanted or convicted of any violent crimes.

If you see these men or have information on their location, please call 911 or the Boyd County Detention Center at 606-739-4224, option 1, ext. 264 (booking).

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile, and WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.




 
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