Escaped Inmate Back Behind Bars

By: Jeff Gould Email
By: Jeff Gould Email

He's back in jail after police say he overpowered a guard and escaped in his vehicle.

Police say they found Jeremy Franks Thursday morning at Cumberland Manor Apartments hiding in his girlfriend's closet.

WYMT spoke with Jeremy Franks' fiancé Thursday afternoon at the very apartment where Franks was found and though she preferred not to appear on camera. She said he's a good person and that he means well. Still some are saying they're glad to see Jeremy Franks back behind bars.

No one really knows exactly how Jeremy Franks overpowered a deputy jailer and escaped with his vehicle. Franks was taken to the Whitesburg ARH Wednesday night after complaining of severe pain in his side and back. After being seen at the hospital, this county jail vehicle was supposed to drive Franks back to the jail, but it never made it there.

"Inmate Franks brandished an object used as a weapon, forcefully overpowering Deputy Jailer Mark Napier, took control of the vehicle, forced the deputy out of the vehicle, and fled the scene with the vehicle," said Letcher County Jailer Donald McCall.

Late Wednesday night, a park ranger at the Kingdom Come State Park found the vehicle abandoned on the Little Shepherd Trail, near Cumberland. Then, an anonymous tip Thursday morning led Kentucky State troopers to this apartment at the Cumberland Manor Apartments, where police say they found Franks hiding in the closet. Now that Franks is back behind bars, jailers will be taking extra steps to make sure this doesn't happen again.

"He's gonna be a maximum security inmate from here on in. Security will be tightened up substantially for Mister Franks for the duration of his stay at this jail," McCall said.

In addition to increased security for Franks, Jailer Don McCall did mention that Franks will be facing additional charges for escape and theft which could mean 11 to 15 years more years in jail, if he's convicted.

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