Man arrested after running from police

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MINE FORK RIDGE– After running from police twice in two days, a Magoffin County man was arrested on Friday, along with a man and a woman who were with him taking scrap metal out of a recently-burned house.

On July 26, Timothy Hamilton, 39, of Salyersville, was arrested on a fourth-degree assault charge, but then while in custody and still in handcuffs at the Magoffin County Sheriff Department, he reportedly fled out the back door.

The next day, on Friday, July 27, the sheriff’s office received information regarding Hamilton’s location. Upon following up with the tip, Detective Neil Adams noted in the arrest citation he visibly saw him, along with Marlin Robbins, age 62, of West Liberty, and Deanna Coffin, age 28, of Salyersville, allegedly taking scrap metal and copper wiring from a residence that had recently burned. Adams observed the three getting into a blue Volkswagen Jetta and leave the area.

Magoffin County Sheriff Department deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, and upon the traffic stop, Hamilton jumped from the car as it was still moving and ran over the hillside in an attempt to elude officers, according to the police report.

Hamilton was reportedly combative, refusing to comply with orders. Police inevitably tased Hamilton and after a short altercation, they were able to put him into custody. 

While deputies chased down Hamilton, Deputy Reggie Gosser stayed with the vehicle, locating an open knife laying in Coffin’s lap. Deputy Jonathan Holbrook noted in her arrest citation she appeared to be under the influence of drugs and repeatedly screamed out of the back window of the cruiser, despite being told several times to be quiet. 

Hamilton and Coffin were already wanted on arrest warrants for allegedly borrowing a 4-by-8-feet utility trailer and not returning it, with the victim telling police that Coffin had told him she had already sold the trailer to someone in Johnson County.

Hamilton is currently being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center on a $5,000 cash bond and facing the following charges: fourth-degree assault (Class A misdemeanor); second-degree fleeing or evading police on foot (Class A misdemeanor); resisting arrest (Class A misdemeanor); menacing (Class B misdemeanor); second-degree disorderly conduct (Class B misdemeanor); two counts of theft by unlawful taking or disputing all others under $500 (Class A misdemeanor); public intoxication controlled substance, excluding alcohol (Class B misdemeanor); third-degree criminal mischief (Class B misdemeanor); and third-degree criminal trespassing (a violation).  

Coffin is also being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, on a $1,000 cash bond, and facing the following charges: public intoxication controlled substance, excluding alcohol (Class B misdemeanor); second-degree disorderly conduct (Class B misdemeanor); menacing (Class B misdemeanor); theft by unlawful taking disputing all other under $500 (Class A misdemeanor); second-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension (Class A misdemeanor); and third-degree criminal trespassing (a violation).

Robbins, who was reportedly driving the vehicle, is also being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center and facing the following charges: driving on DUI suspended license, first offense; no registration plates; failure to register transfer of motor vehicle; failure of owner to maintain required insurance, first offense; theft by unlawful taking or disputing all others under $500; third-degree criminal trespassing; second-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension; and no registration receipt.

The three are all due back in court at the Magoffin County Justice Center on August 6 at 9:15 a.m. for a pretrial conference.

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.