Police say they have captured one of two southeast Kentucky felons who escaped from a jail by spraying a bleach concoction in the eyes of one jail worker and physically attacking another before running off.
Bell County Sheriff Mitchell Williams said a K-9 unit found 41-year-old David Mosely on Thursday afternoon under a pile of blankets and pillows in the basement of a home. He said the residence is a few blocks from where Mosely escaped the Bell County Detention Center on Wednesday.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Shane Jacobs said Friday morning that police were still searching for the other inmate, 45-year-old Matthew Price.
Earlier: Police are seeking two southeast Kentucky felons Wednesday who escaped from jail and assaulted two jail workers.
Kentucky State Police say 41-year-old David Mosely and 45-year-old Matthew Price sprayed a bleach concoction in the eyes of one jail worker and physically attacked another before escaping Tuesday night from the Bell County jail.
Master Trooper Shane Jacobs said as of late Wednesday morning police have not located the inmates. Deputy Jailer Josh Collett said both jail workers were treated at a hospital and released.
Jailer Gary Ferguson said the escape happened while an officer was passing out medicine to inmates. He said Mosely and Price, who were cellmates, made a plastic device that wedged into their cell door and they were able to open it when they heard the control room door open. He said the inmates then squirted the bleach concoction in the eyes of the female officer and took her keys, and then hit a male officer in the head, knocked him to the floor and kicked him in the ribs.
"As unfortunate as it is, I'm hoping for a full recovery for my officers and I'd like for everyone to keep them in their prayers," Ferguson said.
Police described Mosely as a 6-foot-1, 200-pound white male who's bald and Price as a 5-foot-9, 170-pound white male with blondish brown hair. Both men are from Middlesboro, Kentucky, and have multiple tattoos including on their chests.
Collett said Mosely was in jail on various drug and theft charges while Price was serving time for various counts including burglary, wanton endangerment on a police officer and driving under the influence.
Both were convicted felons who had been at the jail for more than a month and had previously served time there.
Bell County is in the state's southeastern tip, where it meets Tennessee and Virginia. A description on the county's website says much of it is thickly forested, rugged terrain including two mountain ridges, Pine Mountain and Cumberland Mountain.
Police said anyone who sees the inmates should not approach them and call the authorities.
This story will be updated.