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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Southgate police recapture fugitive burglar

Dakota Blackburn, serving a sentence for burglary, escaped home monitoring and was rearrested Saturday.

By Robin Gee, City Council Beat Editor

Dakota Blackburn, who escaped from custody on June 3 while serving a three-year sentence for burglary, was recaptured on Saturday, August 10, in Southgate, Kentucky. The arresting officer was Sergeant Danny Johns of the city of Southgate Police Department, who was assisted by Officer Tom Carr of the Fort Thomas Police Department.

Blackburn, age 21, was serving a sentence for third-degree burglary when he escaped from the Kentucky Department of Corrections Home Incarceration Program after tampering with his ankle bracelet.

His escape has added charges of tampering with the prisoner monitoring device, violation of parole and carrying a concealed weapon.

At one point Blackburn, a Florence native, had given authorities the Southgate address. A resident at the address called police with a complaint, and Blackburn was subsequently found hiding in the backyard. He was rearrested without incident and is now in detention.

He is facing charges in both Kenton and Campbell counties.

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