Kentucky Escapee Captured Near Sebastian Inlet

James Cowles of Kentucky captured near the Sebastian Inlet.
James Cowles of Kentucky captured near the Sebastian Inlet.

A man who escaped from Kentucky was captured near the Sebastian Inlet Sunday.

On Sunday at 11:30 a.m., the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Indian River County Sheriff’s in locating a Ford Mustang that was last seen traveling south on A1A from Sebastian Inlet.

The vehicle was supposed to be driven by James Cowles, who is an escapee from Kentucky.

Deputy Rodriguez saw the suspect’s vehicle pass him, and as he went to turn around, the driver fled at a high rate of speed.

Suspect's vehicle found.
Suspect’s vehicle found.

Rodriguez was able to locate the suspect vehicle hidden on a golf cart path, but it was unoccupied.

Deputy Reimsnyder and his K9 partner Kobi responded to the scene and began to track the suspect from the vehicle.

K-9 Kobi
K-9 Kobi

After a lengthy track, Kobi located James hiding in a brush line. James was taken into custody and transported to the Indian River County Jail for further processing.

James was serving a 23-year prison sentence for Burglary and Grand Theft when he fled Kentucky.

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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland. When he was age 9, his parents moved to Jupiter, Florida. Andy spent several years at various radio & television stations in Florida such as WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. In 1994, Andy made a career change to computer programming and worked for several technology companies (two are Fortune 500) in Atlanta, Georgia. However, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2002. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.