Escaped inmate arrested

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Authorities said an inmate who walked away from a work detail nearly two months ago has been captured. 

The Martinsville Sheriff's Office said Dekey Penn was arrested Wednesday morning near Villa Heights. 

Authorities said Penn walked away from a work detail on September 13. 

STATEMENT FROM MARTINSVILLE SHERIFF'S OFFICE:

The fugitive Dekey Trevor Penn has been arrested, charged with escape custody and is being held with no bond in the Martinsville City Jail. Offi cers with the Martinsville Police Department and the U. S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Penn in the Villa Heights area around 11:15 am on November 8, 2017. The arrest was the result of an active investigation / manhunt by the Martinsville Sheriff’ s Office, the Martinsville Police Department, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police and the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force. The multiagency team has been actively search ing for Mr. Penn since he walked away from a work detail on September 13, 2017.

Sheriff Steve Draper stated; I want to thank the City of Martinsville Police Department as well as the task force consisting of Martinsville PD, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the United States Marshals, the Virginia State Police and Henry County Sheriff’s Office. In addition I want to thank all of the Martinsville Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Martinsville Police Officers, Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies, Virginia State Troopers as well as the other neighboring poli ce agencies that have assisted in searching for Mr. Penn. Special thanks as well to Chief Eddie Cassady, Virginia State Police 1 st Sergeant Buddy Davis and Sheriff Lane Perry for their assistance and resources the past several weeks. With this cooperation and great working relationship I’m happy to have Mr. Penn in custody without incident


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