CREIGHTON, Neb. — A Creighton, Nebraska, man remained at large Thursday night, two days after he allegedly fled on foot during a traffic stop.
Kevin Asbury, who was out on bond from a previous arrest, allegedly ran from law enforcement when they stopped a vehicle in which he was traveling. The stop occurred northwest of Creighton.
“We are actively following tips and leads to his whereabouts,” Knox County Sheriff Don Henery told the Press & Dakotan Thursday night.
The 38-year-old Asbury and his 35-year-old wife, Sheena, face Knox County charges of felony theft, abuse of a vulnerable adult and conspiracy. Their trials are scheduled for next month, but they are seeking a delay in their proceedings, according to court documents.
Now, Kevin Asbury faces more legal troubles.
“A new felony warrant was issued today (Thursday),” Henery said. “The district judge revoked Asbury’s $100,000 bond at 10%, which comes to a $10,000 cash bond, and ordered him arrested on the original three felony charges based on an affidavit that was submitted.”
Asbury’s bond status has changed, Henery said.
“There is no bond now,” the sheriff said. “When he’s arrested, he will remain in jail until further ordered.”
A number of law enforcement agencies responded to Asbury’s alleged escape and assisted in the search. The agencies used K-9 units and worked overnight.
Henery shared background with My Knox County News, a media organization, on the events leading up to the pursuit of Asbury.
Henery said the vehicle in which Asbury was traveling at the time of the stop had been involved in a pursuit last Friday night with the Santee Sioux Nation Police near the Lindy, Nebraska, area. Santee law enforcement attempted to stop the vehicle because of false plates.
The Nebraska State Patrol later recovered the vehicle Tuesday in Creighton. Both the Creighton Police Department and the Knox County Sheriff’s Department assisted in Tuesday’s pursuit of Asbury, Henery said.
Asbury fled by foot from the scene about three miles west and one mile north of Creighton.
A number of law enforcement agencies responded to the alleged escape and assisted in the search. The agencies used K-9 units and worked overnight.
The search concluded around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Henery said, with evidence indicating another driver had picked up Asbury and left the immediate area.
Several individuals, who have not been identified at this time, have been arrested in the case. The investigation remains under way.
Kevin Asbury was listed in the last two months of the Knox County sheriff’s report published in the Press & Dakotan. He was arrested on June 30, 2019, at an abandoned farm building site in rural Winnetoon, Nebraska, as a result of a cooperative investigation by the Creighton Police Department and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
Asbury was arrested on a Knox County Warrant issued by District Court Judge Mark Johnson on June 12, 2019 for violation of bond relating to criminal charges in Knox County District Court of; knowing and intentional abuse of a vulnerable adult, a Class IIIA Felony; theft by unlawful taking, a Class IIA Felony; and criminal conspiracy to commit theft by unlawful taking, a Class IIA Felony.
The original charges were filed on Aug. 29, 2018, by Special Knox County Attorney Joe Smith following an investigation by the Nebraska Health and Human Services, Adult Protective Services Division, and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
An additional arrest warrant was issued on June 27, 2019, in Knox County Court by Judge Donna Taylor for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class I Misdemeanor.
Asbury was also arrested on new charges related to being in possession of a stolen all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and criminal trespassing.
Anyone with information on Asbury and his whereabouts can contact the Knox County sheriff’s office at (402) 288-4261. The sheriff’s department also maintains a Facebook page.
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