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Sheriff's office arrest 1 of 2 men who took off from courthouse

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

The Madison county Sheriff's Office has arrested 1 of 2 men who took off from a central Kentucky courthouse while being led away in handcuffs.

The escapes happened at 2 separate times yesterday in Madison County.

Investigators say 19-year-old Tony Gay had appeared in circuit court on several charges including fleeing and evading police, criminal mischief, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was scheduled to be probated, but tested positive for marijuana yesterday when the judge ordered a drug test.
He escaped while being led out with 6 other people.

"It was during the time he was being transported back to jail, as well as several other prisoners. As they got back between the courthouse and the jail, Mr. Gary fled on foot," says Col. Rick Johnson.

18-year-old Channing Roberts escaped from a deputy just thirty minutes before when he was being led out of the Madison Hall of Justice for a juvenile hearing. He turned 18 years old yesterday, which is why his name is now being released.

Early Friday afternoon Madison County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Channing Roberts. They say he was at a home on Turpin Drive and they caught up to him at the corner of Edwards and Ballard Streets.

The man with Roberts, Dontell Baxter, says he had no idea Channing Roberts was on the run. He says Roberts stopped by the home he was staying at on Turpin Drive both yesterday and Friday morning.

"Never said he escaped! I said, if it's his birthday and he's walking, it must be he got a birthday present and got out," says Dontell Baxter.

Police continue to search for 19-year-old Tony Gay, which Channing Roberts is now lodged at the Madison County Detention Center. Authorities say they believe the two men know each other and that this escape was planned.

As for the man with Roberts when he was arrested, he says that Roberts never stayed with him and is hoping he won't be charged with harboring a fugitive.

"I'm about to go to jail for something I don't have anything to do with," says Dontell Baxter.


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