PAINTSVILLE – Both of the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center escapees are now back in custody.
Melvin Scott Garland, 31, of Royalton, along with Justin M. Arnett, 25, of Salyersville, escaped on Tuesday, November 1 from the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center by accessing a service door in the ceiling of their cell and then proceeding to the roof and removing the duct work from the air conditioning unit, according the BSRDC Administrator F.D. Pete Fitzpatrick’s statement released earlier this month.
Garland surrendered on Thursday, November 3, and was lodged in the Clay County Detention Center, before being transferred back to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.
On November 13, the Manchester Police Department arrested Arnett while responding to a domestic disturbance call, according to police reports.
Both Arnett and Garland have been transferred back to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.
From the original BSRDC statement:
Melvin Scott Garland, age 31 of Royalton, Ky., was being held on a bench warrant for “failure to make restitution for burglary 3rd degree” from Magoffin County. Garland was sentenced on October 24, 2016, to 10 years in Morgan County Circuit Court for “burglary 3rd degree,” “criminal mischief 3rd degree,” “persistent felony offender I” and “theft by unlawful taking $500 or more but under $10,000.00.” He also had a warrant for “receiving stolen property under $500.00” from Magoffin County, and a bench warrant for “failed to pay as ordered on possession of marijuana” from Morgan County.
Justin M. Arnett, age 25 of Salyersville, Ky., was being held on an indictment warrant for “public intoxication,” “possession of controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense” and “promoting contraband 1st degree” from Perry County, an indictment warrant for “promoting contraband 1st degree” and “persistent felony offender II” from Johnson County, and a bench warrant for “alcohol intoxication in a public place 1st and 2nd offense” from Magoffin County.