7/15/2019, just after 6 P.M. out on the Beltline (Hwy. 441) and the mouth of Dunlap Hollow Officer Jeremiah Johnson (J.J.) arrives to serve a fugitive Warrant. As all of you know, serving warrants are one of the most dangerous things an officer of the law has to do. No one wants to go to jail or back to jail. Many times those the warrants are issued on are dangerous criminals that “ain’t going back”.
I do not know the specifics of this case because all I have to go on is the police report, but from what I see, no back up officer is on the report. I am assuming that somehow J.J. just happened upon the fugitive, ran an NCIC report and then made the arrest. I am fairly sure it was a tense situation.
The Fugitive is Mr. Roby Keith Thompson Jr. Alias Joseph Denny Bradshaw and Jody K. Bradshaw of Danville Kentucky. I did the research and as usual Mr. Thompson is not just a Fugitive from Lee County but has a long history of run ins with the law in Boyle County Kentucky. His past charges include but are not limited to:
Lottery Alter/Forge/Utters/Pass/Counterfeit/Ticket X1
Public Intoxication X4
Tampering with physical evidence X1
Possession of Marijuana X2
Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possess X4
Careless Driving X1
Suspended Licence X1
Kidnapping (Adult) X1
Probation Violation X1
Possession of Cocaine X1
Fleeing or Evading Police (On Foot) X1
Trafficking In Cocaine X1
Trafficking In Marijuana X2
Trafficking in Controlled Substance X3
Mr. Thompson is 6 foot 4, 230 pounds. By my estimation J.J. is about 5 foot 5 and 140 pounds. Not exactly a good boxing match up. As the old saying goes:”It’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog”. J.J. has plenty of fight in him. He’s an Iraqi combat veteran as well as a damn good officer experienced in a few scuffles. Now I can’t say everything I’d like to but I have little doubt that Mr. Thompson thought about trying to get away, although there is no evidence of that on the Police report.
Any other media that reported on this arrest probably did not bother to search out who Mr. Thompson was. It would go down as just another arrest. The public would not be aware of how brave our boys in blue actually are nor how difficult their jobs can be.
Lastly, in case you thought about it. I have no idea what Mr. Thompson is charged with in Lee County. Mr. Thompson is still staying down at the Bell County Jail with no bonds listed. You’d think by now they could drive from Jonesville to get him. Ah, I guess the Bell County taxpayers got plenty of fugitive stay over money to throw around. The Lee County authorities better move a bit faster before some lawyer down in Pineville gets Mr. Thompson out to run away, get a new name and proceed with his career.
Thank You J.J. for your service to the country and the community.
Go Team Middlesboro!!!
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