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Prison escapee spotted in Scott County

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

Kentucky officials are warning residents to be on the lookout for a jail escapee, who's been able to outrun them.

25-year-old Russell Curtis got away from the Blackburn Correctional Complex Wednesday night. A guard tried chasing him, but couldn't catch him.

Curtis was spotted in Scott County yesterday afternoon, near the Rogers Gap Road area and some railroad tracks, but again alluded authorities.

Authorities are warning people about the escapee.

"Until we catch this guy or find out where he may be, you know, just keep your doors locked, stay inside, keep your keys out of your car. Certainly don't want to give him an avenue to away from the area," says Buster Cannon, with the Scott County Sheriff's Department.

People who live in the area where Curtis was last spotted are also taking precautions.

"You know, we leave trucks and farm equipment, leave the keys in all the time. You know, we'll probably take the keys out just to be on the safe side. Anybody that's desperate, they'll run off in anything," says Andrew Newcomb, who has a farm in the area.

State police are heading up the search, and they say they're working mainly on tips that they're getting from people.

Police say dogs traced a scent from where Curtis was spotted in Scott County to nearby I-75. He was serving time on theft and forgery charges.

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