Kan. escapee caught in Glenwood | VailDaily.com

Kan. escapee caught in Glenwood

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
Perry Isley

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Perry Isley, 50, a convicted sex offender from Kansas who escaped from the maximum security Larned State Hospital in Larned, Kansas, was arrested Wednesday in Glenwood Springs.

According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) notified the sheriff’s office around noon on Wednesday that Isley had escaped from the Kansas facility, and the CBI had obtained information indicating Isley may be in the Glenwood area.

Shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday, sheriff’s office investigators observed a white male on a pay phone at the Tomahawk Truck Stop in west Glenwood matching Isley’s description, according to a sheriff’s report. The report stated that Isley was positively identified by sheriff’s deputies, taken into custody and booked at the Garfield County Jail without incident. Isley is currently being held without bond and awaiting extradition back to Kansas, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Michelle Ponce, director of communications for the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services said Friday, Isley was committed to the Larned State Hospital’s sexual predator unit in 2006. Ponce said that hospital staff discovered his absence about 2 a.m. Tuesday, and immediately contacted local authorities.

“Investigators believe that Isley may have hidden in a laundry bin that was placed outside of the secure building for overnight pickup,” Ponce said. “Somehow he was able to obtain a bolt cutter ” or something similar ” and cut through two fences, and was able to escape.”

Ponce said that Isley was not being held at the hospital as any sort of criminal sentence, adding that under Kansas State law, “Individuals deemed to be a threat to themselves or to others due to mental defect can be admitted to a rehabilitation center after the criminal sentence.” Ponce also said that the facility is a state hospital with a treatment component and not a prison.

However, Isley was most recently convicted on criminal threat charges, on March 6, 2008, contradicting Ponce’s statements. Pawnee County Attorney’s office had no one available for comment Friday afternoon.

Isley has been in and out of jail for over 20 years. According to the Kansas Department of Corrections, Isley was found guilty on two counts of aggravated indecent liberties/fondling on a child less than 14-years-of-age, in July of 1995. He also was convicted on one charge of aggravated escape from custody in September of 1987, after escaping from the Pawnee County Jail in April of that year. It was unclear what he was being held for at that time.

Ponce said that it was unclear if Isley would be brought up on criminal charges for his escape from the hospital, saying that the decision was up to the Pawnee County District Attorney’s Office.

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