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Whitley County Rape Suspect Captured After Escaping Police Custody

After more than 13 hours on the run, a suspected Whitley County rapist is now back in custody. Lexington police arrested Will Burdine near the Best Buy store off Nicholasville Road.

Burdine's foray into one of Lexington's busiest shopping areas was brief, his recapture dramatic.

It all started at the University of Kentucky Hospital when a suspected rapist doing time at Blackburn was brought complaining of chest pain. Wearing only boxers and tennis shoes, William Burdine managed to get away from his guards and the hunt was on.

By mid-morning, several sightings of the escapee were reported to police and word spread among shoppers and people who work in the Lexington Green and Fayette Mall areas. A dangerous man was on the loose in their midst.

The search centered on the railroad tracks separating the mall from Shillito Park. By that time, dozens of police were fanning out around the heavily trafficked area.

Finally police spotted their man heading toward the Best Buys Appliance and Electronics Center on Nicholasville Road. They moved in quickly for the capture of Burdine, who by now had picked up a well fitting outfit to wear, blending in with the rest of the shoppers.

A defeated looking Burdine was lead away by police and taken back to jail.

Police credit people who spotted Burdine with providing good descriptions of his movement for his capture.


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