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By BOB WHITE
RADCLIFF — A man who walked from jail after posting a $1,000 bond in 2005 is considered by Radcliff police and the Hardin Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office to be among the most dangerous fugitives from local justice.
While his alleged accomplice Andy Omar Martinez was sentenced in August 2006 to five-years imprisonment for the 2005 armed robbery of three people inside a Masden Mobile Home Park residence, prosecutors have been unable to get alleged robber Concepcion Eugenio Mendez back in court.
According to court documents, Mendez was last in Hardin District Court in November 2005. After spending several days in jail, he was released on $1,000 bond – 10 percent of a $10,000 bond set on a felony charge.
That’s the last any court, jail or law enforcement officials in Hardin County have seen the man.
Now, he’s considered to be among the most wanted fugitives in Hardin County and is considered armed and dangerous by Radcliff police.
A criminal record showing one charge of bail jumping has some thinking they may never see him again. But prosecutors still badly want him back in court.
“Now, it’s time to catch Mendez,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Shaw said in an e-mail to The News-Enterprise in June in response to a report on other Most Wanted fugitives captured as part of the collaborative effort of the newspaper, local police and court officials.
Mendez, now 25, has been on Hardin County’s Most Wanted list since the feature returned to pages of The News-Enterprise in February.
The 5-foot-11, 242-pound man once lived just down the street from the Morgan Street home he’s accused of raiding for loot in 2005, but Radcliff police spokesman Bryce Shumate said Mendez hasn’t been seen around there in years.
Court records also show Mendez has ties to Florida, where he first got into trouble as a juvenile after he was charged with shoplifting.
Documents from that incident show “Hommy” Mendez still may have a tattoo on his right thigh.
Anyone with information about Mendez’s whereabouts is asked by police to contact Hardin County Crime Stoppers at (800) 597-8123.
Crime Stoppers has paid thousands of dollars to informants aiding police in the capture of Hardin County’s Most Wanted fugitives.
Hardin County’s Most Wanted is published the last Monday of each month and is a collaborative effort of the records departments of local law enforcement agencies, the Hardin County Attorney’s Child Support Division, Kentucky State Police, Kentucky’s Fifth District of Probation and Parole, the Hardin County Detention Center, Hardin County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Shaw and The News-Enterprise.
Bob White can be reached at (270) 505-1750.
TOP 5 Hardin County’s Most Wanted
Concepcion Eugenio Mendez II
Wanted by: RPD on three counts of robbery, one count attempted robbery.
Considered armed and dangerous
Last known address: Morgan Street in Radcliff. ‘Plaid-shirted Bandit’
White male, 5-foot-10 to 6-foot, 170 pounds
Wanted by: Louisville-Metro PD, Elizabethtown PD and more than a dozen other law enforcement agencies across the nation.
Charges: Multiple counts of robbery in relation to more than 13 bank heists since May 2007. Oscar Flores
Wanted by: Kentucky State Police
Charge: Engaging in organized crime stemming from charges of trafficking of 25-pound loads of marijuana on at least 30 occasions into Hardin County.
Last known address: Vine Grove, but has ties to Nashville. Timothy Blask
White male, 6-foot-2, 300 pounds
Wanted by: EPD
Charge: Criminal possession of a forged instrument stemming from a home burglary.
No known address: Blask is known to travel between Michigan and Kentucky on a regular basis. Desmond Gregory
Wanted by: HCSO and probation and parole on probation violation relating to drug-related convictions.
A known member of Gangster Disciples, Gregory is considered armed and dangerous by probation and parole authorities.
Last known address: West Airview Drive. Also known to frequent residences on Wagon Wheel Trail and Innovation Way.
Below is a list of additional persons considered to be fugitives of justice by local law enforcement agencies.
Information supplied to The News-Enterprise by law enforcement agencies is subject to change if an arrest is made or a case is disposed of. The information below is accurate as of close of business the Friday before publication. This is not a list of all fugitives, but merely a list of those police consider most wanted. All are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The suspects are categorized by the crimes of which they’ve been accused.
Anyone with information may provide it anonymously to Hardin County Crime Stoppers at (800) 597-8123 or to the respective agency seeking the particular fugitive.
(KSP) Kentucky State Police Post 4: (270) 766-5078
(HCSO) Hardin County Sheriff’s Office: (270) 765-5133
(EPD) Elizabethtown PD: (270) 765-4125
(RPD) Radcliff PD: (270) 351-4470
Hardin County Attorney’s Child Support Division: (270) 769-5380
Hardin County office of Kentucky Department of Probation and Parole: (270) 766-5074
John Fitzgerald Nelson, black male, 33, 5-foot-8, 160 pounds, wanted by RPD on one count of assault. Last known address: James Court, Radcliff
FAILING TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER
Gerald Troidl, white male, 81, wanted by KSP on a charge of failure to comply with Kentucky’s Sex Offender Registry.
Raymond F. Hulse, white male, 43, wanted by HCSO on a charge of failure to comply with the Sex Offender Registry. No known address.
Jo Hyoung Kim, 44, white male of Asian descent, wanted by probation and parole for absconding sex offender conditional discharge supervision. He was convicted in 2004 of first-degree sexual abuse and abuse and was released from prison in 2007. His last known address: Terrance Drive, Radcliff.
BURGLARY AND OTHER THEFT-RELATED CRIMES
Brian Carman, white male, 28, 6-foot-1, 200-pounds, wanted by Probation and Parole for an alleged violation. Carman was on parole for an array of theft-related crimes. Last known address: Hollis Street, Radcliff.
Joshua Sutton, white male, 19, wanted by EPD in relation to a construction site theft. Last known address: Elizabethtown.
Mike Ristich, white male, 50, wanted by HCSO on a receiving stolen property and forgery charge.
Anthony B. Stephens, black male, 30, wanted by HCSO on a theft by failure to make required disposition of property charge.
Penny Emerson, white female, 46, wanted by EPD since 2006 on the charge of criminal possession of a forged instrument. Last known address: Elizabethtown and LaRue County.
Robert A. Darnell, white male, 53, wanted by EPD since January 2007 in connection to a forgery crime.
Alanna C. Roller, white female, 29, of Radcliff, wanted by EPD on outstanding warrant relating to fraudulent use of a credit card.
Shahara Montgomery, black female, 28, of Bardstown, wanted by EPD on charges of receiving stolen property.
Cairicia Montgomery, black female, 32, of Bardstown, wanted by EPD on charges of receiving stolen property.
Millard Rigdon, white male, 43, of Elizabethtown, wanted by EPD on charges of receiving stolen property.
Donald Ray Lee, white male, 29, of Elizabethtown, wanted by EPD on a charge of fraud.
Tiffany Marie Reeder, white female, 24, 5-foot-4, 170 pounds, is wanted by RPD on charges of theft, criminal mischief and falsely reporting an incident. Last known address: Hofelich Lane, Louisville.
Nathan Lee Harless, white male, 21, 5-foot-9, 160 pounds, wanted by RPD on a charge of theft by unlawful taking (building). Last known address: Huntington Road, Waco, W.Va.
Brenda Kay Jarboe, white female, 42, 5-foot-4, 180 pounds, wanted by RPD on a charge of criminal possession of a forged instrument. Last known address: Brokers Tip Lane, Louisville.
Michael Bruce Whitely, white male, 28, wanted by RPD on theft, criminal mischief, falsely reporting an incident and persistent felony offender charges. Last known address: Morning Glory Court in Radcliff.
James Jackson, black male, 38, has been wanted by the Hardin County Attorney’s Office since December 2003 for a child support arrearage of more than $25,000.
Andre’ Brown, black male, 39, of Heritage Hill Drive, Glen Burnie, Md., wanted on an outstanding warrant stemming from a $16,000 child support arrearage since September 2007.
Frank William Deyne, white male, 36, 220 pounds, wanted by the Hardin County Attorney’s Child Support Division since 2005 in connection to a $30,000 child support arrearage. Last known address: Tuckahole Lane, Spring, Texas.
Thaddeus Copridge, 43, wanted by the Hardin County Attorney’s Office since December 2007 on an outstanding warrant stemming from a child support arrearage of more than $68,000. Last known address: Hackel Drive, Louisville.
Jeremy James Leroy Phelps, white male, 22, 6-foot, 180 pounds, wanted by Probation and Parole for an alleged probation violation. Last known address: Horseshoe Avenue, Upton.
Ruben Smith, 40, flagrant non-support.
Mark S. Abbott, white male, 50, wanted by the Hardin County Attorney’s Office on an outstanding warrant relating to a $25,000 child support arrearage and failure to appear in court for that charge. Last known address: Mobilaire Drive, Lutz, Fla.
Elisha Bwonya, black male, 44, wanted by the Child Support Division of the Hardin County Attorney’s Office since November 2003 on a charge of flagrant non-support stemming from a child support arrearage exceeding $25,000. Last known address, South Michigan Avenue, Roswell, New Mexico.
Nancy Callaway, white female, early 40s, wanted by RPD on a trafficking a controlled substance near a school charge.
Jeremiah Selig, white male, 28, of Big Spring, wanted by EPD on the charge of unlawful possession methamphetamine precursor.
Vivian Renee Ford, black female, 33, 170 pounds, 5-foot-10, wanted by Probation and Parole for an alleged parole violation. Ford was paroled after convictions for cocaine possession and trafficking. Last known address: Bellwood Drive, Elizabethtown.
Michael Ray Smith Jr., white male, 30, wanted by HCSO on a probation violation charge stemming from a flagrant non-support case.
Joseph Charles Cady Jr., white male, 23, wanted by RPD on the charge of unlawful transaction with a minor. Last known address: Hill Street in Radcliff.
Bobby J. Kidwell, white male, 24, 5-foot-8, 125 pounds, wanted by Probation and Parole for an alleged parole violation. Last known address: Wonderland Road, Upton.
Shante Harris, black male, 28, wanted by RPD on charges of fleeing or evading police, driving on a suspended license, littering, disorderly conduct, and unauthorized use of a vehicle. Last known address: Crockett Court in Radcliff.
April Simondiski, white female, 26, wanted by HCSO and probation and parole on failure to appear on a flagrant non-support case.
Clinton James Stafford, white male, 29, wanted by HCSO and probation and parole on probation violation on flagrant non-support case.
Persephone Powell, black female, 35, wanted by Hardin Commonwealth’s Attorney on a charge of failure to appear in court for sentencing. Address unknown.
Katresa D. Whitehurst, 26, black female, wanted by probation and parole for absconding supervision stemming from alleged violations of her December 2007 shock probation after drug and bail jumping convictions. Last known address: Frontier Court, Radcliff.
Michael Shane Gaines, 30, black male, wanted by probation and parole for allegedly violating conditions of release after being convicted on numerous drug offenses between 1996 and 2005. Last known address: Abby Court, Elizabethtown.
Daniel Earl Stallins, 28, white male, wanted by probation and parole for allegedly violating conditions of release after being convicted for marijuana-related crimes in 2005. Last known address: Cambridge Circle, Elizabethtown.