ESCAPE: Virginia Man Escaped Police Custody And Considered Dangerous


WISE COUNTY, VIRGINIA (WOAY) – The Wise County Sheriff’s Department in Virginia is looking for a man that escaped in custody and say he is dangerous.

Samuel Jackson Penley escaped from the Duffield Regional Jail Authority while at the Lonesome Pine Hospital. Mr. Penley was is serving time for resisting arrest and several other charges. Was wearing orange coveralls last seen in the Southern side of Big Stone Gap.

If you see this subject do no attempt to apprehend contact 911 immediately and for safety lock all doors.

We will continue to update you until he is located.

“At this time we believe Mr. Penley is in the possession of a stolen 2006 Blue Dodge Caravan Va Tag #WMT-6279. Vehicle should have a missing hubcap, minor body damage, and an expired Virginia inspection sticker. There is also a “friends of coal decal” on the back glass of the vehicle.

If you see this vehicle contact the Wise County Sheriff’s Office at (276)328-3756.

We have reached out to additional resources to ensure the safe return of Mr. Penley. All information will remain confidential.”

*Attached images is not the actual vehicle but one very similar in appearance to assist the community. *


Tyler Barker

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