Department of Highways, District 10
State employees help capture fleeing suspect in Jackson
JACKSON, KY. – (Sept. 11, 2006) -- Four Commonwealth of Kentucky employees on their lunch break helped Jackson police capture a fleeing suspect on Thursday, Sept. 7.
Ron Easter and Brandon Akers, employees of the Department of Highways District 10 office; Jarrod Morgan, a Commonwealth Office of Technology employee who is District 10's information technology coordinator; and Larry Britton, a COT employee from Frankfort who was installing equipment in Jackson that day, were going to lunch at a local restaurant. They noticed a foot chase through a local shopping center involving a Jackson city police officer and decided to help the police capture the suspect.
The employees cornered the suspect, Paul Moore of Altro, behind a Jackson funeral home and ordered him to lie on the ground until officers could arrive to take him into custody.
Moore was arrested on Breathitt County charges of failing to appear in court, and was also wanted on several charges from Perry County.
Jackson Police Chief Clyde Caudill said his department had received a tip that the suspect was at the Social Security office, located in the shopping center. Caudill and two other officers went to the scene and Caudill said he encountered a subject matching Moore's description. When Caudill asked the suspect's identity, Moore gave a fictitious name and began running when the chief asked him to step aside and answer some questions.
The suspect ran through the shopping center, across a street and up a hill to the funeral home while the chief gave foot pursuit. The state employees, who were in a vehicle, were able to catch up to the fugitive and stop him until the chief got to the scene on foot.
"I appreciate the assistance that the personnel from the Department of Highways gave me in apprehending the fugitive," Caudill said. "Their help was very valuable."
"This act took considerable bravery and courage," said Linda Wagner-Justice, chief district engineer for the Department of Highways District 10. "It shows that our employees are public-minded individuals who are always willing to make positive contributions to their communities. Their initiative is to be applauded."
Two of the employees may have had an added incentive for offering the assistance, Easter's son and Morgan's brother-in-law are law enforcement officers. Easter and Akers are Lee County residents; Morgan lives in Breathitt County.
Larry Britton, Jarrod Morgan, Brandon Akers and Ron Easter