Jan 24, 2013 4:53 AM

Police Quickly Recapture Blackburn Escapee

Police quickly tracked down and recaptured an escaped Blackburn Correctional Complex inmate with the help of a police dog early Thursday morning.

Officials say guards noticed Richard Roland, 27, was missing from the prison around 1:30 a.m. A corrections officer spotted him in his prison sweats, wearing a mask over his face, in the area of Georgetown Road and Spurr Road a short time later. Lexington police set up a perimeter, and a K9 unit began tracking Roland. The dog followed his scent to a tree line, and officers found Roland lying face down. Police say the dog bit Roland on his neck, which was covered by clothing, causing a minor injury during the arrest.

EMS checked Roland out at the scene and then released him to police.

Roland was serving time at Blackburn on burglary and gun charges. He's now being held at the Fayette County Detention Center on an escape charge.

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