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Police capture fugitive in Laurel County

By: Matthew Rand Email
By: Matthew Rand Email

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - An escapee from Ohio is now behind bars in Eastern Kentucky.

Last month, an East Bernstadt man escaped from police in Cincinnati after they arrested him for shoplifting.

Monday, Kentucky State Police and Laurel County sheriff's deputies captured 28-year-old Ryan P. Wolf a few miles east of London.

"Trooper Cochran received an anonymous tip yesterday in reference to a person wanted out of Ohio for Escape from Police Custody," said Don Trosper of Kentucky State Police Post 11 in London.

Police say Wolf was arrested last month in Cincinnati for shoplifting, but escaped custody and slipped back across the border to the Bluegrass.

Police say Wolf was somehow able to slip out of his handcuffs, reach his hand through the open window of the police cruiser, open the door and make a run for it.

"I climbed out of the cop car and got going, man, because I wasn't willing to sacrifice that part of my life right now, man," Wolfe said from jail. "I'm done doing time, man. It's fight or flee, man."

Wolf says he ran because the arrest would have meant an automatic parole violation. He says he knew he might get in trouble, but was prepared to face the consequences.

"At least I got to live and breathe right then and there, when I hopped out of that car, man. I got to walk away and light my own cigarette. That's freedom, man," he said.

Wolf says he was trying to avoid any more trouble. Instead, he faces the charge of Fugitive from Another State, on top of the original charges.

After arraignment in Kentucky, police say Wolf will have the option to either waive extradition and return to Ohio to face charges, or wait for Ohio to file paperwork to bring him back to the Buckeye State.


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