Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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June 12, 2014

Inmate who escaped was not handcuffed

CROSSVILLE — A Sequatchie County inmate who escaped custody last Tuesday while being transported through Cumberland County last week was not handcuffed or shackled, according to officers who played a role in recapturing the man.

Anthony Ramsey, 32, of the Dunlap area, was being transported from a medical appointment in Oak Ridge back to the Sequatchie County Jail when that county's transport officer pulled over to allow the inmate a smoke break at the intersection of Old Hwy. 28 (Linary Rd.) and Hwy. 127 S.

When the transport officer turned his back on the inmate, Ramsey allegedly shoved the officer in the back and fled on foot.

That evening, Lake Tansi Public Safety Officer Steve Hritz received a call from a Seca Dr. couple who reported a man had come to their home, claiming he had gotten a four-wheeler stuck and needed directions to the nearest Wal-Mart. The man also asked for a drink of water and was given water through a garden hose.

When Hritz arrived on the scene, the man had left on foot. He caught up with the suspect in the area of Hondo Dr. and Osage Rd. and took him into custody without incident.

Chief Investigator Casey Cox, Cpl. Tim Tutor and Deputy Dustin Jackson also responded to the the scene.

Ramsey refused medical treatment and was jailed at the Justice Center until Sequatchie County authorities could arrive to take custody of him.

 

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