Escapee Caught In Lexington

By: Tamara Evans; Janet Kim Email
By: Tamara Evans; Janet Kim Email

After almost a month on the run a man police say escaped from custody, then went on a bank robbery spree, is back in jail Monday night.

The arrest came after investigators say Jeffrey Pratt held up the Farmer's National Bank in Cynthiana just after 11:00 Monday morning.

Police have been looking for Pratt since July 21st when police say he escaped from the Robertson County Courthouse while being taken to an arraignment.

Investigators think he's robbed a couple of banks since that escape, but police say his luck ran out Monday afternoon when he was found trying to buy a car at "Everybody's Auto Sales".

The owner of that car lot, Tom Wood, says Pratt tried to buy a car with a large amount of money. Police quickly found Pratt at the car lot before arresting him.

Pratt was staying at the New Circle Road Inn along with his girlfriend, Christina Welte, who was also arrested and taken in for questioning.

Pratt is already suspected in a Fleming County bank robbery earlier this month.

Police say Pratt is being held at the Fayette County Detention Center for at least one night. He could be moved because he is facing pending charges in other counties.

Along with robbery charges, Pratt is also being charged with resisting arrest and escaping police. Police say he also had drugs when he was caught.

He will be arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Fayette District Court.


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  • by Roo Location: cyn. on Oct 17, 2008 at 08:45 AM
    I hate that kristen welte went down for somthing that mr.pratt did, but i loved watching amber philpot talk about it she is so hot!!!!!
  • by Dan Location: Cynthiana on Aug 19, 2008 at 07:05 PM
    Glad they finally caught this guy! It's about time!
  • by Susan Location: Lexington on Aug 19, 2008 at 07:03 PM
    I noticed only WKYT and 36 Action News got this story out there first at newstime about this guy being arrested from the car lot and motel. The other station didn't even know it was going on I guess because they didn't have any of that stuff! Good job WKYT and WTVQ for getting the story to the public!
  • by let's hope on Aug 19, 2008 at 09:24 AM
    Let's hope that this man is put on a little bit of a tighter leash so he doesn't escape again. I feel sorry for the bank employees who had to deal with the bank robbery.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 19, 2008 at 07:32 AM
    Look at the times on what you've posted. Looks like the timing is just off. Looks like it's putting AM instead of PM.
  • by Kendal Location: Lex on Aug 19, 2008 at 06:13 AM
    fortune tellers! You go WKYT! you are the best news! :)
  • by whattha on Aug 18, 2008 at 09:08 AM
    You probably won't post this, but the posting time on this story is almost four hours before it happened??????
  • by WHA? Location: JUSTHERE on Aug 18, 2008 at 08:46 AM
    Am I missing something? This was posted at 7:47am 8/18/08 this morning but the story relates that the bank was robbed at 10:30 am this morning. Do any of you have the winning lottery numbers too? What gives?

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