By Samantha Swindler / Managing Editor

Community tips helped lead police to a registered sex offender who had been on the run since April.

Jimmy Caldwell, 24, was found hiding in the kitchen cabinets of an apartment Thursday evening and arrested for failing to comply with the sex offender registry (first offense.) London Police Sgt. Joe Smith said Caldwell had moved in late April from his registered address in Laurel County. An arrest warrant had been issued for Caldwell more than two weeks ago.

Smith said he received several tips after Caldwell’s photo ran in the Times-Tribune earlier this week.

Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Gregory located Caldwell at about 5 p.m. Thursday at the Damien Circle School House Apartments, about three miles south of Corbin, where he was staying with a woman.

Smith said when officers entered the apartment, Caldwell was found hiding in the kitchen cabinets.

Caldwell was arrested on the felony failure to comply with sex offender registry charge and taken to the Laurel County Detention Center with a $10,000 cash bond. He was additionally charged with failure to appear for an unrelated charge.

Caldwell had been convicted of second-degree sexual abuse of a 7-year-old victim and has been required to keep his address registered with local law enforcement.

The woman in the apartment was also arrested and charged with hindering prosecution or apprehension for originally telling officers that Caldwell was not in the apartment. She was taken to the Knox County Detention Center.

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