EKU warns students, staffers that Estill jail escapee is dangerous

jwarren@herald-leader.comAugust 2, 2012 

  • Have you seen him?

    Anyone who sees Daniel Patterson, who escaped from custody in Estill County, should not try to detain him and should notify local authorities immediately.

A search continued Thursday for an Estill County jail escapee, and Eastern Kentucky University urged its students and staffers to take precautions while the man remains free.

Daniel Patterson, who escaped Wednesday from a deputy jailer, is the estranged husband of an EKU employee, according to authorities.

Police said Patterson should be considered dangerous.

Meanwhile, the Estill County Sheriff's Department said Thursday that officers have arrested an Estill County resident, Michael Rose, for allegedly aiding and abetting Patterson in his escape. The two men are acquaintances, sheriff's deputies said.

Deputies also said that Patterson, 36, stole a 1991 Dodge Dakota pickup in Estill County overnight and might be headed for the Barbourville area, where he reportedly has relatives. Rose allegedly tipped Patterson as to where the farm truck was, the sheriff's department said.

The EKU Police Department issued a bulletin Thursday afternoon, urging everyone on campus to take extra precautions while Patterson is on the loose.

Officers said students and others should travel in groups, stick to well-lighted areas and use the campus shuttle after dark.

Students also should lock windows and doors, maintain distance from strangers, and scan the surrounding area before approaching buildings or parked vehicles, police said.

Anyone who sees Patterson should not try to detain him and should notify police immediately, campus officers said.

Patterson is charged with first-degree robbery in connection with a robbery at a Cash Express in June.

Police said he escaped outside the Estill County Courthouse, where he was supposed to appear in court Wednesday for a hearing on an emergency protective order involving his estranged wife.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.

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