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Escaped convict captured by sheriff's deputies

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Inmate found where he was last seen, on Kennett

By Staff

Update: The escaped inmate has been captured. Anthony White was caught by sheriff's deputies at 10:15 p.m. on Kennett Avenue, which was where he was last seen after he escaped from a patrol car and fled. More information will follow this evening.

Nelson County Sheriff's deputies and Bardstown Police were looking for an escaped prisoner Wednesday afternoon. As of 4:30 p.m. the suspect was still at large. Sheriff Ed Mattingly said Anthony White, 49, somehow got loose from his wrist and ankle restraints, asked Deputy Keith Riley to roll down the window of his patrol car so he could get some air, then unlocked the door from the outside and ran. The escape occurred on Cathedral Manor near the Nelson County Public Library at 12:36 p.m. Officers were scouring the Maple Hill neighborhood for the suspect, who is described as a five-foot-ten white male weighing about 175 pounds with a medium build, brown eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt. He has numerous tattoos on his arms and legs. “He was wearing jail garb,” Mattingly said, but he apparently took his clothes off because his pants were found on Pine Village Drive. He was last seen on Kennett Avenue near Thompson’s Food Mart. His last known address was Mount Washington. Deputies had gone to Muhlenberg County to get him. He was charged there with heroin possession. “He’s got a rap sheet from hell,” Mattingly said. He has a lengthy criminal history as a persistent felony offender, including drugs, burglary, theft, forgery, and escape charges. He has been jailed or in prison in Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia, the sheriff said, and has escaped at least three times. “He’s got a lengthy criminal history, but I don’t see any violence,” Mattingly said, looking at a printout of the man’s criminal history. “He’s never been in our jail before” and doesn’t appear to have any Bardstown ties, the sheriff said. In March, White was indicted on theft charges for taking a Ford Mustang from Conway-Heaton and was also indicted as a first-degree persistent felony offender. According to that indictment, his prior convictions include auto theft, receiving stolen property, criminal possession of a forged instrument, first-degree wanton endangerment, theft of a motor vehicle decal, first-degree burglary in Jefferson County and second-degree escape in Fayette County. He was scheduled to be arraigned in Nelson Circuit Court Thursday on the car theft charges. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about his whereabouts to call 911 or (502) 348-3211.