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SALYERSVILLE/PAINTSVILLE – A Magoffin man is back in custody after escaping from the jailer last Wednesday.

On Wednesday, November 29, Magoffin County Jailer Bryan Montgomery called dispatch for assistance during a transport from Magoffin to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. Magoffin County Sheriff Department and Johnson County Sheriff Department responded.

According to a press release posted on social media by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO), Montgomery was transporting three men to the jail from Magoffin County when one of the men in custody, Jeremy Arnett, 36, of Salyersville, (who was sitting in the front seat) told Montgomery he was becoming sick to his stomach and needed to stop to vomit.  

Montgomery stopped the vehicle on US 460 (near Mick’s Auto Sales) and helped Arnett out the vehicle, holding him by the arm. Arnett reportedly shoved and struck Montgomery, then attempted to run away, but the jailer was able to wrestle him back into the vehicle. 

Arnett then pushed Montgomery to the ground and attempted to flee, again, however Montgomery tackled Arnett and the two rolled down the hill as the fight continued. Arnett reportedly got loose and fled into the hills. With two prisoners still in the vehicle, Montgomery was unable to pursue him any further.

Upon law enforcement’s arrival, the deputies reported hearing Arnett walking in the dry leaves in the woods, but they searched for him until dark, when the search was called off, according to the JCSO.

Later than evening, Arnett was located in Magoffin County, and taken into custody, again. Once he was transported to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, he was served warrants on third-degree assault on a transport officer and third-degree escape. According to jail records, he is also facing a fourth-degree assault charge. 

In the misdemeanor assault case from Magoffin, Arnett is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on December 11 at 9:15 a.m. at the Magoffin County Justice Center, but he also had a court hearing yesterday, December 6, in the felony Johnson County case, though the results of that hearing were not available at press time.

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.




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