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Search For Escaped Inmate Continues

The search continues for an escaped inmate and suspected bank robber.

Police say 35-year old Anthony Atrip escaped through the roof of the Grant County jail around midnight.

We're told he jumped off the roof and then ran off through a wooded area.

Artrip is a federal prisoner in custody on a bank robbery charge.

The U.S. Marshals service, Kentucky State Police, and local police agencies are taking part in the search.

AP Story
Man awaiting trial for bank robbery escapes from Ky. jail

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) - An eastern Kentucky man awaiting a federal bank robbery trial escaped from jail, prompting a search by federal, state and local law enforcement officials.

Anthony Ray Artrip, 35, of Ashland, climbed through the roof of the jail around 11:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, Grant County Jailer Steve Kellam said. Jail deputies pursued him on foot as he jumped off the roof and ran into the woods nearby, but they didn't catch him.

Artrip has "a history of escapes and bank robberies, and we consider him dangerous," said John Schickel, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Artrip, who had been in custody for about 75 days, is awaiting a federal trial in Cincinnati on a bank robbery charge related to a holdup several months ago in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Artrip also escaped from the Boyd County jail near Ashland in 1997, Schickel said. He attempted to escape from a federal facility in 2000.

He is six feet tall and weighs 180 pounds.
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Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) - Federal, state and local law enforcement are looking for an eastern Kentucky man who escaped from jail. Thirty-five-year-old Anthony Artrip of Ashland was awaiting a federal bank robbery trial.

Grant County jailer Steve Kellam says Artrip climbed through the roof of the jail around eleven-30 last night. Jail deputies pursued him on foot as he jumped off the roof and ran into the woods nearby, but they didn't catch him.

U-S Marshall John Schickel says Artrip has a history of escapes and bank robberies and is considered dangerous.

Artrip is awaiting a federal trial in Cincinnati on a bank robbery charge related to a holdup several months ago in Portsmouth, Ohio. He had been in custody for about 75 days.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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