Man escapes from Leslie County Detention Center

HYDEN, Ky. (WYMT) - Twenty six-year-old Ricky Hendrix walked out of the Leslie County Detention Center on Monday.

Ricky Hendrix was arrested in April in Yeaddies on Wolf Creek Road. He had multiple charges including burglary, manufacturing methamphetamine, and fleeing or evading police.

"He has ran from them on numerous occasions when they had been after him," said Adrian Cornett, a sheriff's deputy with the Leslie County Sheriff's Department.

After being in jail for almost a month, jail officials say Monday at 1:30 p.m., Hendrix walked through two unlocked doors and escaped. The jailer says two minutes went by before anyone knew he was gone.

"You can go through these hills anywhere and in two minutes you can be a long way away from here. We don't know if anybody picked him up or something like that," said Billy Bowling, the jailer.

The jailer says jail officials will use this escape as an opportunity to learn and to correct their mistakes.

"You have to be more observant with what you're doing. Sometimes we get complacent. And when you get complacent, things like this happen," Bowling said.

Police say they will visit the places Hendrix is known to spend time at.

"We'll catch him. We try to do our best who belongs in there behind bars. We'll try to get him back in there. We'll do our job. We'll get him," said Sheriff's Deputy Cornett.

Jail officials say they do not suspect Hendrix had help from inmates. They say two jail employees will be interviewed during the investigation.

Police ask you to call the Leslie County Sheriff's Office or the dispatch center if you see Hendrix. The phone number for the sheriff's office is (606) 672-2200. The number for the Leslie County dispatch is (606) 672-3407.

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