Floyd County escapee picked up in Lexington over the weekend
by Jack Latta
PRESTONSBURG — A Floyd County man, indicted for first-degree rape, who escaped custody last week has been arrested again after being discovered in Lexington.
Local authorities with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office say David Slone, 39, of Wayland, indicted for first-degree rape escaped from the Floyd County Justice Center sometime late Thursday evening and was considered dangerous to citizens.
Slone was arrested by Lexington Police in Fayette County at approximately 9:00 a.m. Saturday m. In addition to the warrant for his escape from Floyd County on Thursday, Slone was also charged with receiving stolen property in Fayette County.
According to officials, Slone was found in possession of a car that had been reported stolen in Lexington earlier that morning. While being questioned by police about the vehicle a warrant check revealed the warrant for Slone. At this time Slone is lodged in the Fayette County Detention Center and steps have been taken to insure that he is returned to Floyd County.
According to Robert Caudill with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department, Slone had been transported Thursday from the Floyd County Detention Center to the Justice Center to attend a hearing. Slone was kept in a separate holding cell for his own protection from other inmates, Caudill said. Bailiffs who transported the prisoners back to the jail apparently forgot Slone was being detained separately, and left the inmate behind. Jailers did not notice Slone’s absence, and did not know he was missing until later that evening during a head count.
Caudill said the jail reported Slone missing sometime after midnight Thursday, by which time Slone had already stolen a change of clothes, dumped his orange jumpsuit, made a phone call, and fled the Justice Center. Caudill said phone records indicate that a call was made after business hours from the Justice Center, but said that it was unknown if Slone was picked up by an accomplice, or simply took to the streets of Prestonsburg.
“We discovered his orange jump suit and sandals and stuff in a downstairs maintenance area,” said Caudill, who added that Slone’s escape was a “perfect storm” of errors by authorities, and luck by accused.
Jailer Roger Webb told Times staff on Friday that the jail normally does a head count, but was delayed due to an “exceptionally large court date,” and over a dozen new prisoners being booked into the jail.
“We got him ready and sent him over to the court, and they overlooked him, or he hid out on them or something,” Webb said. “By the time all this stuff is said and done, we got around to our head count and discovered he was missing.”
Slone is awaiting a court date to answer to indictments of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, persistent felony offender, retaliating against participant in a legal process (3 counts), second-degree disorderly conduct, menacing, and third-degree terroristic threatening (2 counts). This is his second time escaping from custody, having been charged with second-degree escape in 2009 in Jefferson County.
According to court records, Slone had previously been charged and convicted of three counts of theft by unlawful taking, third-degree burglary, two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing or evading police officer, two time persistent felony offender, providing false name to police officer, burglary, aggravated assault, receiving stolen property, wanton endangerment, and resisting arrest.
The victims of Slone’s most recent crimes were reportedly notified of his escape, but not until sometime after 8:00 a.m. Friday morning; eight hours after he was reported missing.
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