4/15/2019 1:03:00 PM Escapee Kimlynn Patton's goal was to head north to Alaska
So what was Kimlynn Patton planning when he escaped from the sheriff's custody on March 2?
On that day, Patton was being taken to court from the jail when he used a key to get out of his shackles. He had picked up the key in the jail after an officer dropped it. (Patton would not disclose the name of the officer because he told his interviewers upon arrest that he wasn't "trying to get anybody in trouble.").
He kept the key hidden in a slit he cut in his waistband.
When he fled the transport van, the 40-year-old North Vernon resident told officers he had two things in mind. First, he hoped to "hug and kiss" his girlfriend before he got out of this county. And two, his goal was to get to Alaska, where he has a cousin who lives six hours off the mainland by ferry. He planned to get a job in a canning factory on an Indian reservation there.
The defendant said he believed his "hand" was forced due to the choices he was given in a proposed plea deal.
When he ran from the transport van after freeing himself from hand and ankle cuffs, he crossed the highway, ran up the hill, found a screened-in back porch and laid down for "a few hours." He then noticed a loft and hid there until dark.
Obscured by darkness, he hiked along the Muscatatuck River to Vinegar Mill, got to the "other side of the jail", then crossed the highway heading north to the Greenbriar addition, crossed the old "golf course," and went downtown through the alley by the GOP headquarters. He then decided to go to "his mother's building" next to Miller's Tavern because he knew he could find clothes up there. The door was already "kicked in" and he was able to spend the night and change out of his jail uniform. Saturday afternoon, a resident spotted Patton in the vicinity of East O&M Ave, where he was apprehended without incident.
He is now charged with escape, an F5; battery against a public safety official, an F6; and 2 counts of resisitng, A misdemeanors.