After nearly one week on the run, Martin County Sheriff John Kirk told WYMT, U.S. Marshals found escaped inmate Mark Crouch.
Officials say Crouch assaulted deputy jailer Larry Maynard and stole his cruiser.
Sheriff Kirk says early Saturday morning, Crouch was caught in the Wayne County area of Silver Creek.
Sheriff Kirk told WYMT, he is happy to see Crouch behind bars once again. “He’s dangerous. Anybody who would do a transport officer like that, an unarmed man that trusted him enough to let him ride in the front with him. Obviously he wouldn’t care to hurt somebody that was he knew was trying to apprehend him to take him back to jail,” Sheriff Kirk explained.
According to the Sheriff’s office, multiple departments worked together including the U.S. Marshals, Wayne County Sheriff’s department, the Martin County Sheriff’s office and even departments in Ohio. “They assembled a team of about 8 or 9 and went there about 1:00,” said Sheriff Kirk.
Crouch was found at a home in the county and he was not alone. Police also arrested another man on warrants.
Sheriff Kirk says the cruiser is still missing. Although Crouch claims to have left the cruiser somewhere on Route 581 in Martin County, deputies believe he is lying. Sheriff Kirk says deputies have searched the 581 area for the missing transport car.
Crouch was taken to the South West Regional Jail in West Virginia. He will need to face a extradition hearing before officials can bring him back to Kentucky.
Crouch is also listed as a registered sex offender.
If you find the missing transport car, Sheriff Kirk asks that you do not touch it. Call local authorities as soon as possible.