Devon David Osborne, 32, of Topmost, escaped a jailer’s custody during a doctor’s visit earlier this month and eluded police for several days before turning himself in to authorities, Captain James East with the Hazard City Police Department testified Tuesday in Perry District Court at Osborne’s preliminary hearing.
East testified in two cases against Osborne. In the first case, that’s being investigated by HPD Captain Jack Duff, Osborne is charged with theft by unlawful taking over $300 for allegedly snatching a woman’s purse at the Hazard ARH.
East testified that according to the criminal complaint, on July 31 Osborne grabbed a Coach wallet from a lady and ran out of the hospital from the second floor. The wallet contained $874 cash that East said he thought was from where she had been selling purses.
Duff entered Osborne into NCIC as a wanted person and he was picked up later that evening by Lexington Metro Police after they ran his name through the same database and discovered he had an outstanding warrant, East said. Osborne was taken into custody in Lexington and the next morning he was brought back to Hazard by the HPD where he was lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail (KRRJ).
“Later that evening, two Kentucky River Regional Jail employees took Mr. Osborne to the Primary Care Center to receive medical treatment for an injured arm,” East testified. “According to statements from the nurse who was there and the jail employee, they were coming down the stairs to get in the detention vehicle and transport him back to the jail when he turned and ran down the hill.”
Officers with the HPD spent the night searching for Osborne, but were unable to find him. East said that documents show that Osborne was not handcuffed at the time due to his arm injury.
He eluded police custody until August 5 when he called Kentucky State Police and turned himself in, East added.
East said that after Osborne turned himself in, he took a verbal statement from the defendant who told him that he panicked.
“He stated to me that he was detoxing, coming off of prescription medications and that he wanted help. He said that he was sorry for what he did and he also went into details about the circumstances behind the alleged theft of the wallet,” East said.
During Osborne’s statement, he also told East that he had the cash from the purse, but didn’t admit to stealing the purse.
“In his statement to me he admitted that he had the cash, but this is where Jack Duff is following up because there are differing statements. He is saying the money was given to him for the purchase of some drugs as opposed to him stealing it.”
Perry District Judge Leigh Anne Stephens made a finding of probable cause and bound both cases over to the grand jury.