LANCASTER — Garrard County authorities have captured one of two men who walked away from a Fayette County correctional facility this weekend.
About 11:30 p.m. Sunday, a Garrard deputy sheriff traveling on Ky. 39 about four miles south of Lancaster spotted a truck that had been reported stolen from the Lexington area, said Sheriff Ronnie Wardrip.
Upon further investigation, the deputy realized the two men in the car were Christopher Melton and Tyler Roberts who had walked away from the Blackburn Correctional Complex about 8 p.m. Saturday, according to Wardrip.
“Both men jumped out of the car and took off running,” Wardrip said.
Officials caught up with Melton and arrested him without further incident. Melton, 23, was serving a six-year sentence for theft and fleeing and evading and would have been eligible for parole in April 2013. As of this morning, Melton was being held in the Lincoln County Regional Jail without bond. Charges for escaping jail and fleeing police are expected, Wardrip said. Melton will likely return to the Blackburn Correctional Complex sometime today.
Roberts, 21, was serving a 10-year sentence for multiple crimes committed in Garrard and Jessamine counties. His convictions are burglary, theft, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and arson, and he would have been eligible for parole in October 2013. Wardrip described Roberts as a white male with black hair and brown eyes who is about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds. The suspect has ties to Lincoln and Garrard counties and should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information regarding Roberts’ whereabouts is asked to call the Garrard County Sheriff’s Department at (859) 792-3591, the Lexington Division of Police at (859) 258-3600 or the Kentucky State Police at (502) 227-2221.