LEWIS COUNTY, Ky. Already facing four counts of bank robbery, more charges have now been filed against Dustin Egbert of Garrison, Ky., including attempted murder, after he reportedly tried to escape from a Lewis County, Ky., jail.
Egbert, 26, was being held in Lewis County Jail after he was arrested last week (Dec. 30) and reportedly confessed to three robberies at the same Charter One Bank in Portsmouth on Dec. 11, 22 and 27, and also at Liberty Federal Bank in Ironton on Dec. 27. In each of those robberies, he reportedly entered the bank drive through claiming to have an explosive device. He still remains in Lewis County Jail awaiting extradition to Ohio.
Lewis County Sheriff Johnny Bivens reported that about 9:50 p.m. Sunday, Egbert complained to jailers that his toilet was leaking and his mat was wet. As deputy jailers opened the door to his cell, Egbert pushed the door open and assaulted the two officers with a homemade knife. An alert was sent from the control room to Lewis County 911 and deputies Jason Jill and Dwayne Stone responded to the scene with Vanceburg Police Lt. Tom Flannigan. Jailer Tim Underwood and Jailer-Elect Chris McCane also responded to the scene, where deputy jailers had regained control of Egbert and lodged him in a cell.
Sheriff deputies have determined that Egbert had removed a portion of a metal vent and filed it on the edge of his sink until it was sharp. The two deputy jailers were transported to the hospital with lacerations to their hands, neck and face.
Egbert now faces additional charges, including one count of attempted murder, two counts of assault in the first degree, one count of assault in the third degree, one count of promoting contraband in the first degree, and one count of attempted escape in the first degree.
The incident remains under investigation by the Lewis County Sheriff's Department.
RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 235, or email@example.com.