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Morgan County Authorities Say Escaped Inmate Possibly Broke Into Home

Posted at 6:26 PM, Jan 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-12 18:45:09-05

MORGAN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – The Morgan County Sheriff says an escaped inmate from a minimum security prison likely is responsible for a home break-in that happened on Saturday morning.

On Friday afternoon authorities reported that John Parrott, a minimum-security inmate at the Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex, walked away from an outside work detail at a local tree farm.

Parrott was serving a 38-year sentence for convictions out of Nelson and Jefferson counties for second-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking, first-degree burglary, receiving stolen property, second-degree robbery, possession of a handgun by convicted felon, first-degree wanton Endangerment and second-degree escape. He was reportedly eligible for parole in March.

Now the sheriff believes he may have broken into a woman’s home.

Reportedly a young woman called 911 on Saturday morning and told dispatchers that a man broke in through a window of her home off KY 705 in Woodsbend. The woman says she was home alone at the time.

The Morgan County Sheriff says it is believed Parrott ran away when he realized someone was home, and it doesn’t appear that he took anything.

Investigators say he also may have broken into another home in the area since his escape.

KSP and officials at the Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex are leading the search for Parrott, which is ongoing.

The sheriff’s office is investigating the burglaries, and they are recommending anyone who lives in the Woodsbend area to lock their doors and call 911 if they see anything suspicious.

Parrott is describes as a 40-year-old white male, 6 foot, 210 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.