Escape attempt ends in assault charges

Gwendolyn Holliday Staff Reporter gjoseph@civitasmedia.com

March 17, 2014

HAZARD—A routine trip to the courthouse for two Kentucky River Regional Jail (KRRJ) inmates ended in an escape attempt and an injured jail employee last week.

On Monday, inmates Sally Embry and Vicky Cross had court appearances at the Perry County Courthouse, and were transported there by KRRJ corrections officers. After their court appearance, Cross and Embry were returned to the KRRJ where , at the time of arrival, they attempted attempted to flee, according to documents from the Perry County Courthouse.

According to the arrest citation, Cross and Embry were handcuffed together and ran together after they stepped off the jail van.

“KRRJ employee Wilma Mosely grabbed the handcuffs and was dragged along by the defendants causing injury to Ms. Mosely,” the citation went on to state.

Sonja Bartley, another jail employee, helped get the defendants under control and back into custody.

“They came back from court and attempted to run off and that’s when Wilma ran after them, and in the process of them detaining these two subjects, Wilma tripped and fell and tore her ACL and MCL,” KRRJ Administrator Tim Kilburn said.

Kilburn said Mosley was at home recovering, and would be out for at least six months.

Sally Embry was originally being held on shoplifting charges and Vicky Cross with shoplifting and public intoxication. Embry and Cross were both charged with one count each second-degree escape and third-degree assault, and are currently being held at the Kentucky River Regional Jail. Their arraignment is scheduled for March 17.

Gwendolyn Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.