It is apparently cold enough in Kentucky for an escaped prisoner to decide to turn himself in to police. Robert Vick escaped a minimum security facility in Lexington on Sunday. He broke into an abandoned farmhouse, stole some clothes and slept in a barn. But as temperatures dropped Monday, he walked into a nearby motel asking for help.
“He said, ‘Call the law on me,’” King told the paper. “…I’m the one who escaped from Blackburn.’”
King recalled, “He said, ‘I’ve got to turn myself in, I’m froze to death.”
King says he gave Vick some water and a chance to warm up while he called the cops. At first, the authorities didn’t believe his story — a follow-up call in which Vick gave his prisoner number got cops to show up and take him into custody.
Vick, who was serving a six-year sentence for burglary and criminal possession of a forged document, was actually up for parole in March.
Vick told King he’d spent the night in an abandoned farmhouse not far from the prison, but the 18-degree below zero weather froze his taste for freedom.
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