Escaped Harlan County Inmate Caught

Posted at 6:44 AM, Aug 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 16:51:25-04

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) - An inmate who authorities say escaped after threatening a deputy jailer's life has been captured.

Harlan police tell local media that 21-year-old Christopher Thacker was caught late Saturday and is back in the Harlan County Detention Center.

Authorities say an anonymous tip led authorities to a Coxton residence, where he was arrested.

Thacker had escaped early Saturday while a deputy jailer was driving him back to the detention center after a trip to a hospital. Kentucky State Police say Thacker held an unknown metal object to the deputy's throat and demanded to be released.

Thacker was able to briefly escape, but now, according to the detention center website, faces new charges of first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree escape. He was already incarcerated on charges of burglary and receiving stolen property.

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