Posted by Richard Todd - email
ERLANGER, KY (FOX19) - Police in Northern Kentucky are looking for an Erlanger man who cut off an electronic monitoring device before what was to be his last day of trial.
Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders says Edward Hinkle failed to show up in court Wednesday morning for his trial on charges that he assaulted his sleeping roommate last December with a police baton.
When police tracked down the GPS coordinates for the electronic monitoring device Hinkle was required to wear while he was on bond, they showed a location at the Fort Wright Arby's right next to 275 on Madison Pike.
When they arrived, they found the ankle bracelet cut off, but no Hinkle.
The judge went ahead and completed the trial in absentia. Since Hinkle is a classified as a persistent felony offender, he received a 13-year sentence.
That sentence doesn't include three new felony charges, for cutting off the ankle bracelet, for fleeing custody by leaving, and for bail jumping by failing to show up in court.
Sanders says Hinkle has previous convictions in Fayette and Scott counties in the Lexington area for felony theft, felony criminal mischief, fleeing police, DUI, and burglary. Kenton County jail records show several arrests over the years for alcohol intoxication.
Sanders says that one day last December, Hinkle came into his apartment drunk and beat his sleeping roommate with a police baton. Sanders doesn't know where Hinkle got the baton. He was charged with second-degree assault.
He says Hinkle tried arguing that his roommate was attacking him and he was only acting in self-defense. Sanders says Hinkle must have thought the story wasn't going over very well.