Police say they are still searching for 31-year-old Brandon Nipper after he managed to escape from authorities earlier Wednesday afternoon.
It started out like any routine procedure Nipper was arrested for receiving stolen property by the city of Jackson police department; but that's when the routine began to unravel.
“The jailer, we called him up to come pick him up and transport him to Three Forks Regional Jail. As he was loading him into the vehicle, Mr. Nipper walked away from the jailer,” said Kenneth Spicer, Chief of the Jackson Police Department.
The Breathitt County Deputy Jailer declined an on camera interview; however, he did go on record about what happened. He said he was picking up two prisoners, and while Nipper was handcuffed on one side of the vehicle, he went to the other side to assist the other prisoner before letting them both inside. It was at that point, Nipper made a run for it.
Following the incident, around two in the afternoon, the Breathitt County School System made the decision to place the schools on a lockdown. Joseph Griffith, a junior at Breathitt County High School, was in Spanish class at the time.
“They announced over the intercom that we were having a lockdown and they locked all the doors and put paper all over the windows and told us that all the exists were locked,” Griffith said.
You might think such an announcement would be startling to young folks, but teachers at the school say the mood was calm for the hour-long ordeal.
“No panic, no real concern. It was more of what’s going on, and how long do we have to stay,” said Tim Johnson, a teacher at the school.
The lock down was called off shortly after 3 o'clock.
Officials with the Jackson Police Department say if you know anything concerning the whereabouts of Brandon Nipper, to contact them immediately. He is described as a white male, about five-feet- 9 inches tall and one-hundred forty pounds.