Aided by Brownsville Police Department and caring neighbor
By Jeff Jobe
It wasn’t a typical Monday afternoon for Edmonson County Constable Tim Skees but he says he’s glad he was able to assist in capturing an escapee.
At approximately 4:30 p.m., Monday, May 21, Constable Skees was working on his personal vehicle attaching campaign signs when he heard the sound of slapping feet running in his direction. The sound turned out to be bare feet on blacktop, and with kids in the neighborhood, he didn’t make him think too much about it.
When Skees saw the man run past his truck he noticed he was wearing an orange jumpsuit and was handcuffed.
“I jumped from the bed of my truck and was immediately in foot pursuit,” Skees told the Edmonson News. “I gave chase to the end of the street where I could see he entered the woods.”
Skees commended a concerned neighbor for observing the situation and wanting to help.
Once in the woods, the escapee made his way along the top of a high cliff overlooking Brownsville City Park. Brownsville police responded to the location where Skees saw the man enter the woods and they coordinated the plan for them to head him off as Skees entered the woods.
Skees said, “I saw the subject coming back up the cliff and told him to surrender and identified myself as a Constable Officer. I grabbed the subject and sat on his back, yelled down into the park for help. The deputy pulled up and then city rushed up to take him into custody and transported him to the sheriff’s office for booking.”
Officers arrested 21-year old Michael Snyder of Hardin County who was in court for crimes related to a stolen car found in Bee Spring. Synder was the only prisoner being transported who was not in leg shackles at the time of his escape.
Skees said it is a good feeling to know he was there to help. “With the respect always given by Chief Jeff Jewell and his deputies, it just makes what you do worth it,” the constable said.
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