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KENTUCKY POLICE HUNTING FOR ONE OF TWO INMATES WHO ESCAPED JAIL

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Kentucky police are still on the hunt for one of two inmates who escaped a jail over the weekend after hiding inside trash cans being taken out of its kitchen.

The Louisville Metro Police Department announced Justin Stumler had been tracked down about 7 miles away from the correctional facility, but his co-escapee, Jeremy Hunt, is still at large.

Stumler had been arrested in August and is facing charges including motor vehicle theft, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and felony drug possession.

Hunt, who was arrested in June, is facing multiple burglary charges, it added.

Police said both men were working in the jail’s kitchen when they were helped into the trash cans by three other inmates — Gary Bradford, Justin Rankin and Tajuan Burton – who are now facing two counts each of facilitation of second-degree escape. The trio pleaded not guilty Monday morning at arraignment hearings.

Jail staff were tipped off to the scheme after a bystander saw the inmates climbing out of the trash cans.