, Corbin, KY

January 8, 2014

Escapee James Eads still at large, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble, Staff Writer

The search continues for an inmate who escaped last week in Barbourville, even though police said he was spotted by a person Monday night in Corbin.

James Eads, 28, of Gray, was being transported by a Leslie County Detention Center van last Thursday when he escaped in Barbourville. That’s according to David Stewart with the Knox County Detention Center.

Maj. Rob Jones of the Corbin Police Department said Tuesday they received a report by phone from an individual, saying they saw Eads around 9 p.m. Monday in the area near Speedy Mart.

The convenience store is located in Corbin at the intersection of the Cumberland Gap Parkway (U.S. 25E) and the Corbin Bypass (Ky. 3041).

The caller indicated that Eads was in a red Pontiac Grand Am at the time.

Police went to the area, and were unable to find Eads.

“He’s still on the loose,” Jones said.

Eads had been scheduled last Friday afternoon in Knox County Circuit Court for both a pretrial conference and a probation revocation hearing.

But before the van got to the courthouse, Eads allegedly slipped out of his ankle bracelets and had reportedly “stepped to the left and was gone,” as he was being led out of the van. Eads was never in Knox County custody last Thursday.

He’s facing charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense; possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and giving an officer a false name and address.

Eads is also listed as having two additional bench warrants to which he has no bond. The remaining charges have him jailed under a $25,000 cash bond.

Eads is a 5-foot, 7-inch tall white man, weighs approximately 130 pounds, and has brown hair and blue eyes.

Stewart said last week that Eads was last seen wearing gray sweatpants and a gray T-shirt that was covering a long-sleeve white undershirt. He was also wearing a gray baseball hat.

In addition, Eads was wearing brown Croc-style shoes. Those shoes were found shortly after he allegedly fled the area.

If you have information on Eads’ whereabouts, you can contact the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at 606-546-3181 or 606-546-3182.