Evarts police capture fugitive

By Kevin Halpern rhalpern@civitasmedia.com

August 22, 2014

A man who escaped from the Harlan County Detention Center is back behind bars.

Acting on information received from citizens, Evarts police captured Michael Bryant Day, of Evarts, early Friday morning.

Day had been on the run since escaping from the detention center in May of this year.

“This morning myself, Chief (Lupe) Blas, Officer William Clogston and Officer Owen Noe apprehended Michael Day at a trailer on Baileys Creek Road,” said Evarts Police Officer John Teagle. “Acting on information received from the public, we were able to narrow down his location and sneak up on the trailer without anyone hearing us and make the arrest.”

The trailer Day was arrested at was also occupied by Tiffany Jones, of Kenvir. According to the citation, Jones and Day are married and have three children.

Jones was charged with first-degree hindering prosecution and apprehension and obstructing governmental operations.

According to the citation, Jones “unlawfully and willingly allowed an escaped fugitive (Day) from the Harlan County Detention Center stay in her residence and supply fugitive with all necessities needed, i.e. food, cigarettes, etc. while fugitive was avoiding serving out the remainder of his sentence.”

Jones admitted through recorded statements to providing Day with assistance while he was on the run, the citation states.

Interviewed by the Enterprise at the Evarts Police Dept., Day said he had spent some time “hiding in the mountains” for the past four months since his escape. He was serving a five-year sentence on drug-related charges. “I bought some boxes of Sudafed for someone,” Day said.

In addition to second-degree escape, Day was also charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Teagle’s citation states, “during the apprehension of the suspect and a search of his person, he possessed in his right front pocket a opened package containing a half of a suspected Suboxone sublingual strip. In plain view in close proximity to the suspect were syringes, bottles caps, torn up cigarette filters and two soda can bottoms altered for the use of narcotics.”

Day and Jones were both lodged at the detention center.

• In other police news, Jerry Dale Gilbert, listed as being homeless, was charged by the Cumberland Police Department on Thursday with possession of firearm by a convicted felon.

According to the citation obtained by Kentucky State Police Trooper James Earl Hensley, he received a complaint that Gilbert was “passed out” at a residence on Smith Avenue and the complainant wanted him removed. While in the process of doing so, Hensley found a black Hi-Point C9 9mm pistol under the couch where Gilbert was located.

Gilbert was lodged at the detention center. Bond was set at $5,000.

Kevin Halpern can be reached at 606-909-4146.