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RBA
08-10-2005, 11:19 PM
Apparently they traveled thru Cincinnati..

Falls City Beer
08-10-2005, 11:23 PM
Apparently they traveled thru Cincinnati..

Story? I don't have cable?

Jaycint
08-10-2005, 11:26 PM
Apparently they were holed up in a hotel right here in good ole Erlanger about 5 minutes from where I live earlier in the day. Glad to hear they have been caught.

Reds Fanatic
08-10-2005, 11:28 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/08/10/courthouse.shooting/index.html


COLUMBUS, Ohio (CNN) -- Roughly 36 hours after police say a prisoner's wife opened fire on his guards and sprang him from custody, law enforcement authorities captured the couple at a hotel in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday night.

They were arrested without incident in a room at a Best Value Inn, said Mark Gwyn, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Weapons were found, he added.

The escape happened Tuesday morning outside the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston, Tennessee. George Hyatte, 34, was being escorted under police guard when his wife Jennifer Hyatte, 31, traded gunfire with guards, killing one of them, police said.

Earlier Wednesday evening, police in Erlanger, Kentucky, converged on a motel parking lot, searched the building and hauled away a gold van that the couple were believed to have used during their getaway.

Police said they had received a tip that the couple were in the motel. The FBI assisted in the search.

"They had just left probably minutes prior to the entry to the rooms," said Mark Gwyn, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The motel was just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, about 2 miles from Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport and on the Norfolk Southern railway. Security at the airport was on alert for the couple, and residents were urged to keep their eyes peeled.

Erlanger also is 217 miles from Kingston, Tennessee, where the pair is believed to have fled Tuesday morning in an SUV after a deadly shootout outside a courthouse. They later abandoned the SUV for the van, police said.

Gwyn said that George Hyatte, who escaped while wearing handcuffs and leg irons, appeared to witnesses to no longer be shackled. He added that the couple were thought to be alone.

The Hyattes had been married three months. Jennifer Hyatte is a nurse with no known criminal history.

Now she has been charged with aiding, abetting and facilitating escape; her husband has been charged with escaping custody.

Tennessee authorities said Wednesday that George Hyatte's escape from the custody of two armed guards had been carefully planned by the career criminal and his new bride.

"They worked diligently on this escape; they worked hard at it," said Kingston, Tennessee Police Chief Jim Washam.

Washam said escape vehicles had been placed in advance of the crime, and Jennifer Hyatte had taken a handgun.

The couple also had communicated by telephone and mail in recent days, Washam said, and Jennifer Hyatte had spent Monday night in a nearby hotel.

Washam said without elaborating that investigators found "some items left behind" in the hotel.

Investigators have time-lapse video of the courtroom where, moments before the escape, Jennifer Hyatte attended a proceeding on an armed-robbery charge involving her husband.

Washam said the two Morgan County Regional Corrections guards appeared to have taken all the precautions while escorting him from the courthouse: Hyatte's feet were shackled and his hands were cuffed.

Tennessee Department of Corrections spokeswoman Amanda Sluss said the guards did not wear mandatory bullet-resistant vests, however.

"I don't think there's anything that could have been done, unless you're a mind reader and knew what those people were thinking, because it was just an ambush," said Haggard.

He said that county commissioners had voted just Monday night to build a new justice center with a sally port -- indoor, protected areas for the delivery and pickup of prisoners.

More than a day after the escape, police were receiving 25 to 35 leads each hour, said Jennifer Johnson, a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman.

Authorities also were seeking any other surveillance video from cameras in the area of the courthouse and near a restaurant where the getaway vehicle was abandoned.

"It was just a very brazen kind of 'Bonnie and Clyde'-type escape," said Mark Gwyn, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. "When people are desperate and they have nothing to lose, this is what happens."

Police said George Hyatte is African American, 5 feet 5 inches tall and 140 pounds with black hair, brown eyes and tattoos on his upper body.

Jennifer Hyatte is white, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 142 pounds, with red hair and hazel eyes, police said.

Involved in the search are the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, the TBI, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and other state and local law enforcement agencies.

Still, the possibility that the couple may be hiding nearby "is in the back of everybody's mind," one official said, and patrols of back roads around Kingston have been beefed up.

Tennessee police were alerting hospitals Wednesday to be on the lookout for a married couple who may be seeking medical attention.

The Hyattes' getaway vehicle was an SUV, which police later found behind a Subway's restaurant about a quarter-mile from the courthouse, said Haggard. The blue Ford Explorer had "a substantial amount of blood" on the driver's side, and investigators believe that one or both of the Hyattes may be wounded, TBI agent Jim Moore said.

That SUV was registered to and driven by Jennifer Hyatte.

Authorities believe the two then got into a late-model, gold Chevrolet Venture van with black trim. Witnesses described the vehicle as having been parked overnight near the Subway's restaurant. The van was reported stolen and belongs to a patient whom Jennifer Hyatte had cared for as a private nurse, officials said.

The couple may be en route to Hendersonville, Tennessee, where George Hyatte once lived, the TBI said. Hendersonville is about 120 miles from Kingston

"We do believe, at some point, either George or Jennifer Hyatte will have to receive some medical attention," Gwyn said. "That's why we have all hospitals throughout the state on alert."

George Hyatte, who was serving a 35-year prison sentence in neighboring Rhea County for aggravated assault and aggravated robbery, had escaped from county jails twice before, county and state officials said.

Investigators said family members of George Hyatte have been cooperative, and no evidence has been found to indicate others were involved.

Jennifer Hyatte has family in Utah and Tennessee and they, too, have been interviewed, said Jim Moore, special agent in charge for the TBI.

Through the news media, Regina Bishop begged her brother to turn himself in.

"George, wherever you're at, for God's sake, please, please call, please give it up before there'll be another tragic death," Bishop said. "It's not worth it, brother, it's just not worth it. So please just call us, please ... so this can be resolved."

Michael Hyatte said his brother had "made a lot of wrong choices in his life," and is "a nice, loving, easy-going guy."

"But he's scared," Michael Hyatte said. "You know, he does different when he gets scared. When I get scared, I break down and cry. When he gets scared he gets on the defensive, and he thinks he's got to tackle the world, you know, and that's a bad deal."

A former prison nurse, Jennifer Hyatte met her husband in prison and was fired last August for having an inappropriate relationship with him, said Tennessee Department of Corrections spokesman Darrell Alley.

She was caught smuggling food from a restaurant into the prison, and acknowledged to prison officials that it was for George Hyatte, Alley said.

They were not married at the time, and she then called herself Jennifer Forsyth, Alley said.

KronoRed
08-10-2005, 11:44 PM
Scary, I'm in Erlanger all the time :help:

Glad they were caught without further incident

creek14
08-11-2005, 05:23 AM
She sure threw her life away. And sadly took one in the process.

RedFanAlways1966
08-11-2005, 07:53 AM
Once her arm heals from that gunshot wound... it will make a nice place for the corrections people to stick that needle in. I hope.

And George... the loser who she married and busted out? Death penalty too. And since this is the 2nd time he has escaped... 24-7 lockdown on his pathetic butt. But not forever. Just until they walk him into that room with the gurney and turn out his lights for good.

Let justice be served. The sooner, the better.

creek14
08-11-2005, 07:55 AM
And since this is the 2nd time he has escaped...
I think I heard this is actually the 5th time he has escaped.

Heath
08-11-2005, 07:57 AM
Their first mistake was staying at a Best Value Inn.

If they were smart, they would have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express.....:D

On the serious side - glad they got caught...

RedFanAlways1966
08-11-2005, 08:02 AM
I think I heard this is actually the 5th time he has escaped.

Grrrr... unbelievable!! Thanks for the info, creek. This guy should never be out of a locked cell! Give him his own cell. Put his meals through a little hole in the door. Bring in the high pressure hose and give him his shower once a week through the same little hole in the door. When will we learn? This guy has used up any rights that he once had.

BuckU
08-11-2005, 11:06 AM
The hotel they were caught at is literally 1/5 mile from my home. Kinda creepy....

The hotel is also a couple blocks away from the venue where the Pantera gutiarist was killed.

Sinclair Road sucks

savafan
08-11-2005, 11:31 AM
Grrrr... unbelievable!! Thanks for the info, creek. This guy should never be out of a locked cell! Give him his own cell. Put his meals through a little hole in the door. Bring in the high pressure hose and give him his shower once a week through the same little hole in the door. When will we learn? This guy has used up any rights that he once had.

Now now, we can't do anything cruel and unusual. Mr. Hyatte is still a person after all. And there will be appeals. Many lengthy appeals. He'll need a good education while in prison. You know, a degree may help him to see the light of day.


I agree with you RFA1966. Only I say bring back the gallows or the firing squad. A lot cheaper, and the guy's still just as dead.

Hooligan
08-11-2005, 02:13 PM
Did anyone see the mooner on channel 10 last night? As Maureen Kocot was talking about the capture a guy over her left shoulder runs in between two buildings and drops his trousers. A little humor in a otherwise sad story.

REDREAD
08-12-2005, 10:55 AM
Did anyone see the mooner on channel 10 last night? As Maureen Kocot was talking about the capture a guy over her left shoulder runs in between two buildings and drops his trousers. A little humor in a otherwise sad story.

Yes, I noticed that. hillarious :lol: hopefully, he didn't get tasered :laugh:

REDREAD
08-12-2005, 01:21 PM
Apparently, the couple wasn't that smart. They got caught because they rode a cab from Erlanger to Columbus. They told the driver they were coming for an Amway convention, but the driver actually got suspicious because they didn't go on and on about Amway. Also, they told the cab driver they had no ID, and had him register them into the hotel. He later called the cops.

KronoRed
08-12-2005, 01:34 PM
Did anyone see the mooner on channel 10 last night? As Maureen Kocot was talking about the capture a guy over her left shoulder runs in between two buildings and drops his trousers. A little humor in a otherwise sad story.

Hope it wasn't a cop ;)

Tony Cloninger
08-14-2005, 07:42 PM
This is why, IMO, the death penalty is a deterrent (spelled right? oh well.)

When the easily manipulated woman was told she faces possible (possible? like how about "for sure") death penalty, during her hearing, she put her head down and put her head in her hands, and now is fighting extradition.

She actually thought what she did would not get her a death penalty?
If you think that.....then there is no reason for you to care that you kill someone else or not.

Redsfaithful
08-14-2005, 08:34 PM
She actually thought what she did would not get her a death penalty?

I seriously doubt she considered it. I imagine, like most criminals, that her plan was to get away with it.

The death penalty doesn't work. It might make people feel better, and I suppose the argument could be made that it's worth it for that end, but it doesn't lower the crime rate. And I'm not really comfortable with my government having the power to kill it's own citizens, criminals or not. It's the libertarian in me I guess.

RFS62
08-14-2005, 08:41 PM
I seriously doubt she considered it. I imagine, like most criminals, that her plan was to get away with it.

The death penalty doesn't work. It might make people feel better, and I suppose the argument could be made that it's worth it for that end, but it doesn't lower the crime rate. And I'm not really comfortable with my government having the power to kill it's own citizens, criminals or not. It's the libertarian in me I guess.


I completely agree.

REDREAD
08-14-2005, 11:48 PM
The death penalty doesn't work. .

IMO, it doesn't work because the country doesn't implement it properly.
Case it point. the Columbus highway sniper. He should've gotten it, but the stupid jurorers in the trial were mad they had to serve on Mother's Day, they called it a hung jury. Now the death penalty is off the table.

Just like with kids, if you have any punishment, it needs to be applied consistently. I'm not saying the death penalty should be imposed on every murder. To me there's a "guilty" vote because of 'beyond reasonable doubt' (the prosecuting attorney was more convincing), and then there's "guilty as sin" (like the Columbus sniper). People who are guilty as sin .. no question at all they did the murder, the evidence is overwhelming should be put to death, and quickly (no sitting on death row for 20 years). Like this lady. She should be executed within 2-3 years. If the punishment was applied swifty and consistently, it would be a more effective deterent.

Tony Cloninger
08-15-2005, 10:30 AM
I agree with REDREAD. If it is without a doubt....they should go...and quickly.

Ted Bundy.... this new bald headed creep they caught after years of hiding (forgot the name).... people who rob liquor stores,banks, or holdup indivisuals, car jackings........get their money and still shot people.

It may not be a complete deterent ..... but i think it does help more than you think.

Where did you hear about this mother day's garbage? 1 mother's day out of their lives and they have to let some scum go free? What if it was their mother who got shot? What if someone does it again...and it's them?

Chip R
08-15-2005, 10:34 AM
Apparently, the couple wasn't that smart. They got caught because they rode a cab from Erlanger to Columbus. They told the driver they were coming for an Amway convention, but the driver actually got suspicious because they didn't go on and on about Amway. :laugh:

wheels
08-15-2005, 11:11 AM
I'm pretty good friends with the folks at Taco Ninja, here in Columbus. They're a really excellent burrito place that'll deliver to your house until 1 am or something....

Anyway, the killers ordered Taco Ninja right before they got caught. Something like 39 bucks worth of burritos and sodas.

The guy that delivered it to the hotel saw the woman limping around, and they tipped really well. The owner woke up that morning and saw his burritos on CNN.

REDREAD
08-16-2005, 10:14 AM
Where did you hear about this mother day's garbage? 1 mother's day out of their lives and they have to let some scum go free? What if it was their mother who got shot? What if someone does it again...and it's them?

I believe it was in the Columbus Dispatch or on the local news. I think it was the paper. Anyhow, they just said that numerous times the jurors were heard to be complaining about how they were probably going to have to serve during Mother's Day, and there was speculation that's why they declared themselves to be a hung jury quickly.

The defense for the highway shooter claimed he was insane and didn't know right from wrong (If he didn't know it was wrong, why did he flee to Vegas?)
That's another change I'd like to see be made. The jury doesn't decide the death penalty or not. The jury only decides if the crime was commited, and then a formula is applied to see if the person gets the death penalty. When it becomes a judgement call, too many people that should get the death penalty get off. The formula would be based on how overwhelming the evidence is. For example, there's no doubt the highway shooter and the lady in this thread did murder. They planned it and did it without any remorse. They should be executed, not paraded in front of a jury with a good defense attorney that can manipulate sympathy out of the jury.

Chip R
08-16-2005, 10:16 AM
I'm just curious, which motel in Erlanger did they stay at?

REDREAD
08-16-2005, 10:35 AM
I'm just curious, which motel in Erlanger did they stay at?

I don't think they stayed at Erlanger. I think they went from their get-away car to a cab, and the cab drove them to Columbus.

Redsland
08-16-2005, 10:44 AM
I'm just curious, which motel in Erlanger did they stay at?Econo Lodge, room 111.