Bank Robbery Suspect Escapes Police Custody

A search is underway Monday for an accused bank robber who has reportedly escaped during a court appearance.

A deputy jailer was taking Jeffrey Pratt into the Robertson County Courthouse when police say Pratt shoved him and jumped into a waiting car.

Police say the car belongs to his mother and was being driven by Pratt's sister who came to attend her brother's court appearance.

Police say Pratt's sister told them she always leaves the keys in the car. Police say when Pratt escaped, he jumped into his mother's car and took off. The car has since been recovered but still no sign of Pratt.

Police believe Pratt is still in the area and are focusing their search in Robertson and Harrison Counties which are a familiar area to the inmate.

The sheriff says that as Pratt was running from the courthouse he was taking off his clothes at the same time. Authorities found his shirt and pants nearby.


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  • by Kellin Location: Cynthiana on Aug 8, 2008 at 03:12 PM
    Please remember Jeff Pratt never hurt anyone, he is unarmed. His family can't understand why he has done this.
  • by John Location: Bardstown on Jul 25, 2008 at 04:18 AM
    Why hasn't his sister been arrested? Robertson County is the least populated county in KY (2,209); you would think if were willing to committ bank robbery he would have chosen a bank that actually had money in it. According to local papers he made off with $300.
  • by Ginger Location: lexington on Jul 22, 2008 at 08:01 AM
    Why do deputy jailers take people to court? I dont think they are trained for this. The whole system is wrong.
  • by Holly Location: Lexington on Jul 22, 2008 at 03:33 AM
    Why was he not handcuffed?!?

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