Search for courthouse escapee

     Police are search for a man who took off from the Laurel County Courthouse Wednesday. He was being taken to court to stand trial when he managed to escape by asking to use the bathroom.

Ricky Allen

A manhunt is underway for a man who took off from the Laurel County courthouse Wednesday.

Police say 50-year old Ricky Allen was expected to plead guilty to burglary when his trial started Wednesday morning in London. Police say Allen took off when he went to meet with his lawyer after asking for time to talk to him. He told his lawyer he needed to go to the restroom and never came back. The sheriff says Allen could have gone out one of two exits near the restroom.

Police have several officers out looking for Allen. He has been arrested several times and is currently facing more than two dozen charges for thefts and burglaries in London. Police have alerted other agencies around the country about Allen's escape. They say he's dangerous, desperate to do whatever it takes to not return to jail.


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