Police: Adair jail escapees might be headed to Lexington

bestep@herald-leader.comAugust 23, 2012 

Lexington police were providing "extra help and security" Thursday to someone who reported being threatened by an escapee from the Adair County Regional Jail, a spokeswoman said.

Earlier Thursday, Kentucky State Police said in a news release that two escapees from the jail might be headed to Lexington.

Shortly before noon, Lexington police were working "intensely" on finding one of the escapees, Antonio Howard, 24, of Lexington, because of a report they received mid-morning from a Lexington resident, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.

"After escaping from the jail, Mr. Howard made a threat against a resident who lived here in Lexington, and ... we are doing what we can to correspond with that individual and provide any extra assistance and security that we can until Mr. Howard is returned to custody," Roberts said.

Roberts said the caller had a past relationship with Howard. She said Howard threatened the person, whom she wouldn't identify, "with bodily harm."

Howard has been charged in Lexington with numerous crimes related to drugs, guns and domestic violence, according to court records. In 2008, he was convicted of carrying a concealed deadly weapon, criminal attempt to use restricted ammunition during a felony and criminal attempted trafficking in a controlled substance.

Last year, he was sentenced to 60 days in jail after he was found guilty of fourth-degree assault.

Howard and Ira Boles, 26, of Florence, escaped from the jail's minimum-security section late Wednesday, police said.

Howard is black with black hair and brown eyes; 5 feet, 9 inches tall; weighing 175 pounds, according to the news release. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, a white cap and shorts.

Boles is white with blonde hair and blue eyes. He is 6 feet, 1 inch tall, weighing 150 pounds, and he was last seen wearing a red shirt, dark shorts and dark shoes.

According to Adair County Regional Jail officials, Boles was convicted of theft and Howard was convicted of possession of a controlled substance. Both men had been sentenced to five years in prison.

Howard was eligible for parole in November, and he would have learned next month whether he'd been approved for parole. Boles was eligible for parole in March 2013, so he would have known in January whether he was approved.

Dennis Selby, a coordinator at the jail, said Howard and Boles escaped during a recreation period that began at 9 p.m. Wednesday. They slipped out a garage door that opens to the outside from the recreation area. The door was not locked because the jail is considered minimum security.

Both Howard and Boles were state inmates. The Adair jail houses non-violent inmates for the state.

State police asked that anyone with information on the two call 1-800-222-5555 or any local police agency.

Roberts said anyone with information about Howard may call Lexington police at (859) 258-3600.

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