For the second time in a little more than a month, a federal inmate escaped in Woodford County, causing schools to go on lockdown while several police agencies joined forces to conduct a manhunt.
This time, the search lasted only 21/2 hours instead of two days.
Investigators say Patrick Holder, 44, scaled a wall in the jail's recreation area and ran off sometime before 10 a.m. Tuesday. Authorities set up a perimeter minutes after being notified of the escape and had Holder trapped in a field not too far from the Woodford County jail, Versailles police spokesman Pat Melton said.
"We immediately set up a perimeter. And he was also found within that perimeter," Melton said.
The search involved several law enforcement agencies, including the Woodford County sheriff's office and officers from Lexington and Versailles.
Holder was tracked down by Duke, a bloodhound from Blackburn Correctional Complex, said Lexington police Sgt. Eric Bowling. Holder was recaptured at about 12:30 p.m.
Jail officials have not said how Holder managed to successfully scale the jail's wall.
Holder's escape raised some concern in the community, especially after the escape last month of Derek Capozzi.
Capozzi, 37, escaped April 15 from a prison van in Woodford County while two deputies were transporting him from the Grayson County jail to Lexington's Blue Grass Airport so he could be flown to an out-of-state prison. Investigators said Capozzi had been handcuffed and shackled, but he was able to get the back door of the van open as it turned onto the Ky. 33 exit off the Blue Grass Parkway.
Capozzi, managed to elude authorities for two days. He was arrested after two men spotted him behind Central Kentucky Stair Co. in Versailles.
Concerns were high when Capozzi escaped because he was considered extremely dangerous. Capozzi had ties to a Massachusetts drug gang and was convicted by a federal jury in 2005 of helping to cover up a woman's slaying.
Melton said Holder has "a very active criminal history," including robbery and escape charges.
Major Missy Coulter, a spokeswoman for the jail, said Holder was being held under a contract with the U.S. Marshal service. A spokesman for the service did not return multiple phone calls.
Anna Boggess, a parent with children in the Versailles school system, said she was helping at Simmons Elementary during last month's lockdown, so she was not worried about Tuesday's lockdown.
School assistant principal Jennifer Forgy said the lockdown began about 10:30 a.m. as a precaution because authorities were searching for Holder near Simmons Elementary School, 830 Tyrone Pike. The jail is about a mile from the school.
When Capozzi escaped, Forgy said, schools canceled bus services and required parents to pick up their children from school. Tuesday's lockdown ended at 1 p.m. Bus routes were not affected.
"They do a great job locking them in," Boggess said. "It was great."