Rodney Stamper, wanted in Laurel County, Kentucky, Perry County, Kentucky, and Byron, Georgia was returned to the Perry County Jail Tuesday morning by three Perry County Deputy Jailers. Mike Cornett, Bill Colwell, and Damon Hickman caught Stamper at approximately 7:00 a.m. Tuesday at his father's home on Little Grapevine Road.
Stamper had been a patient at the Hazard ARH due to a trouble with what was left of his arm which had been partially amputated. While a patient at the Hazard ARH, he decided to run. When Deputy Jailer Lewis Baker went to the restroom, Stamper ran out in his hospital gown. It was 9:30 last Friday morning when he made his escape.
The Kentucky State Police, Perry County Deputy Jailers and the Perry County Sheriff's Department searched the area for Stamper, but were unable to find him. He remained free over the weekend with Perry County Sheriff's Deputies looking for him in places he was known to frequent.
On Tuesday morning Stamper called the jail at approximately 6:15 wanting to speak to his brother, Brian, who had been arrested by Perry County Deputy Danny Miller in a traffic stop. Brian Stamper was wanted on theft charges. Miller also found out that Brian was wanted in Georgia in connection with the mini mart robbery for which Rodney is wanted.
Deputy Jailer Walter Napier took the call, and after Rodney hung up Napier used the *69 function on the phone to get the number from the phone where Rodney had placed the call. Deputy Jailers then went to their files on Stamper and found the phone number they had gotten from *69 to be the number at his father's house.
When Deputy Jailer Mike Cornett arrived at work he was told where he could find Rodney. Cornett took Bill Colwell and Damon Hickman with him to get Stamper. Upon arrival at the Stamper home Deputy Jailer Colwell covered the back door, Deputy Jailer Hickman went to the side door, and Deputy Jailer Cornett went in the front door.
Cornett said he was first told that Rodney was not there, but when he told them the call had been traced back to their number they admitted Rodney's presence. Cornett, Colwell, and Hickman went to the room where they were told they could find Rodney, and found him there, extremely intoxicated.
Cornett said Stamper was sitting in the floor with a near empty half gallon of vodka, and was very drunk. He offered no resistance, and was taken back to the Perry County Detention Center with the additional charge of escape to be added to his file.
According to Detective Bill Lavender of the Byron, Georgia Police Department, both Rodney and Brian have refused to waive extradition. Lavender said he will now seek a Governor's warrant to get the Stampers returned to Georgia to face robbery and theft charges there.