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BEAN STATION, TN (WJHL) -

The U.S. Marshals are asking people in and around the Town of Bean Station to be cautious as they search for a man accused of escaping a Kentucky prison. Brandon Saylor is also wanted for a home invasion out of Harlan County, Kentucky and an aggravated burglary out of Washington County, Tennessee.

"The U.S. Marshals' office, along with the Bean Station Police Department and aerial helicopter support by the Tennessee Highway Patrol is actively seeking to locate the subject," the Town of Bean Station reported on its Facebook page. "Please be cautious of your surroundings. CAUTION.... Do not approach the subject."

Washington County Sheriff's Office Capt. Larry Denny is actively involved in the search for the fugitive.

"At last check, he was believed to be near the Hawkins County-Grainger County line," Capt. Denny said. "He was spotted in Bean Station yesterday. Some of the task force officers pursued him. He got into some woods and got away. He has a tribal tattoo on his upper left arm and a barbed wire with skulls tattoo on his upper right arm. He now has long hair and a long beard. He is on the run. He's moving. He's trying to hitch rides."

According to the Kentucky Department of Corrections, Saylor walked off from a minimum security facility in March 2011 and has apparently remained on the run ever since, Capt. Denny said.

Prior to committing a home invasion in February of this year in Harlan County, Kentucky, the Washington County Sheriff's Office filed a warrant against Saylor on a charge of aggravated burglary in January of this year.

"He stole firearms from a home on First Street in Gray," Capt. Denny said.

According to Denny, the last known address they have for Saylor was in Piney Flats.

"He has family in Kingsport and he has ties to Kentucky," Capt. Denny said.

Anyone who knows where this man may be is asked to call 911.

The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Saylor.

In the meantime, the Town of Bean Station has increased its police presence.

"As Chief of Police I want you to know the Bean Station Police Department will be out in full force," Chief Bryce Justice said in a press release. "I understand your concerns you have and I want you to know that your safety is our priority."


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