Scott County

Blackburn escapee captured in Georgetown

An inmate who walked away from Blackburn Correctional Complex was captured Saturday in Georgetown, Scott County Deputy Sheriff Mike Caudill said.

Russell Curtis, 25, was caught by a deputy sheriff and a Georgetown police officer shortly before 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Caudill said. Curtis had escaped Wednesday night from the minimum-security prison in Fayette County.

Shortly before 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Caudill said, he was refueling his cruiser at the Southern States Cooperative on U.S. 460 when he saw a man wearing a khaki jumpsuit walk out of some woods.

After refueling, Caudill walked up to the man and asked for his name, birth date and Social Security number. The man gave a bogus name and birth date, but the Social Security number, which Caudill radioed to a dispatcher, matched the one for Curtis.

At that point, the man ran toward some railroad tracks and back into the woods. Caudill ran after him and called for backup.

Deputy Sheriff Don Whitlock and Georgetown Police officer Mickey Morris took Curtis into custody near North Elkhorn Creek on the city's east side, Caudill said. Curtis was charged with escape and was taken to the Scott County jail.

Curtis was serving time for forgery and would have been eligible for parole in September.

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