UPDATE: Franklin County jail escapee captured

Gregory Bowling, of Manchester, escaped Franklin County Regional Jail 10-12-17 by posing as another inmate. Captured 10-19-17

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man who escaped the Franklin County Regional Jail last week by posing as another inmate, was captured Thursday night, according to a Facebook post by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

44-year old Gregory Bowling, of Manchester, was caught after a brief foot chase on Sharpes Pike by Franklin County and Owen County Sheriff’s Deputies, according to the online post.

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Frankfort Police were given information from someone who gave Bowling a ride to Owen County after the escape and because of news coverage, recognized Bowling as a jail escapee, according to the post.

Frankfort Police gave that information to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, which shared it with the Owen County Sheriff’s Office.  Deputies from both law enforcement agencies partnered to approach the residence where Bowling was found Thursday and took him back into custody after the brief foot chase, according to the Facebook post.

Bowling was returned to the jail he escaped from a week ago where he now faces a new escape charge in addition to a charge of failing to appear on possession of a controlled substance out of  Clay County, according to authorities.

Bowling was “inadvertently released” October 12, 2017, according to a report in the State Journal.  Jailer Rick Rogers told the newspaper that Bowling was discovered missing when he failed to show for the jail’s daily 5:00 p.m. head count that day.

The jailer wouldn’t identify the inmate Bowling impersonated, but says he didn’t think he had conspired with Bowling, according to the newspaper report.

The jail, which went on lockdown after the escape, is examining release procedures to find out how the mistake could have happened, according to the State Journal.



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