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Dec 3, 2012 5:53 PM by Josh Breslow

Blackburn Escapee: "I Was Gonna Try To Get Home For Christmas"

One of the men who escaped from the Blackburn Correctional Complex over the weekend says he did it to get home to his sick mother for Christmas.

Christopher Melton and Tyler Roberts walked away from the minimum security prison in Lexington on Saturday night.

"Got nothing to say to you, buddy. Might as well leave [the camera] off," Tyler Roberts told LEX 18 as he was escorted Monday morning into the Lincoln County Jail.

While Roberts had few words for LEX 18, his alleged partner in crime, Christopher Melton was a different story.

"I was hoping to be on the run at least until after Christmas," Melton said. "Chicks dig it, too. It's weird. When a guy's on the run, they all want you for some reason."

From behind bars, Melton admits he hopped the fence at Blackburn on Saturday night: "I was gonna try to get home for Christmas... I knew what the penalties were whenever I crossed that fence. That's the chance I was willing to take to get home for Christmas before my mother died. She's all I got."

Melton was arrested late Sunday in Garrard County. Sheriff's deputies said they pulled over a stolen truck with both escapees inside. Roberts got away.

In the truck, police said, they found prison-issued boots and clothing, along with a pick axe. The getaway vehicle was apparently taken from a home near Blackburn.

"We got as far away from Blackburn as we could. There wasn't no attempted home invasion or none of that. We was gone," Melton said.

Hours after Melton's arrest, there was a short chase and Roberts was also caught around 11 a.m. in the same area of Garrard County.

"Well, mom, I love you. Tried to get home for Christmas. Couldn't make it," said Melton.

Melton was originally in jail for theft, while Roberts had been charged with burglary and arson.

The two do not face any charges in Garrard County. They will be taken to the Fayette County Jail.


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