BREATHITT CO., Ky. (WYMT) - An escaped inmate is still on the run after police said he escaped from custody at the Breathitt County Courthouse Thursday afternoon.
The Breathitt County Sheriff's office says a judge told the police to take William Randal Fugate, 48, into custody. Just as the paperwork was complete and they were handing Fugate off to jailers, he ran down a nearby alley between the courthouses.
"We've been out looking, the city has been out looking, we will find him," Breathitt County Deputy Sheriff Frank Clemons said. "It just takes a matter of time. We've got people out looking for him, calling in tips right now."
Jackson Police Department describe Fugate as a white male standing 6'1" feet tall and weighing 160 pounds.
Police said he was wearing a white and orange shirt and was handcuffed.
Several schools, including Hazard Community and Technical College's Lees Campus, were placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure.
Fugate was arrested on a bench warrant for pick-pocketing and was on his way to the Three Forks Regional Detention Center. Police do not believe he is dangerous.
"He got away. We do not know if he will be armed or not, but in my opinion, he will have the handcuffs off in 15 or 20 minutes if he gets somewhere to get them off," said Frank Clemons.
Witnesses say Fugate was just too quick for the jailers to catch up with.
"I saw everybody chasing him so I joined in on the chase," said Deputy Jailer Greg Clemons about the chaotic scene.
Police hope he will not get too far. If you see Fugate, call 911 immediately.
"Well, he's a slimmer fella. He's got his head shaved. He's easy to recognize," said Frank Clemons.