Inmate caught hours after escape from Blackburn

LEXINGTON/GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - A man who escaped from Blackburn Prison was caught hours later after he hitchhiked to a Walmart in Scott County, according to police.

Freddy Lee Marlowe was finishing a 13 year sentence out of Harlan County at the Blackburn Correctional Complex, but police say he will now have escape charges tacked on to his sentence.

He walked away from the minimum security prison on Thursday night. Police caught up to him at a Walmart in nearby Georgetown, where he was using a pay phone.

Last year, WKYT spoke to the Department of Corrections about upgrades that went into effect in the spring to prevent inmate walk-offs.

Those included steel mesh over the windows, an increase in monitored movement, more cameras, increased lighting, and security-grade doors and locks.

Details on how Marlowe was able to escape have not yet been released.

Department of Corrections officials tell us Marlowe did walk off during open yard hours.

The AlertXpress system was activated to notify people living nearby that an escape had occurred.