Man Wanted in Knox, Whitley & Laurel County Captured April 11th in Gray, Kentucky

BARBOURVILLE, KY - The Knox County Sheriff's Department is reporting that on April 11, 2023, Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith arrested Ryan J. "0pie” Taylor age 28 of Gray, KY at a residence on Lynn Camp Hollow Road in Gray.

Ryan Joseph Taylor had been avoiding capture by police for several days.


Taylor was wanted on two Knox County Arrest Warrants for:

  • Burglary-1st Degree
  • Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition- Firearm
  • Theft by Unlawful Disposition From Building-over $1,000
  • Possession of Fire Arm by Convicted Felon
  • Fleeing or Evading Police-2nd Degree and Menacing.

These arrest warrants were the result of Knox County Deputies investigations into Burglary and Theft complaints in the Gray area.

Taylor was also wanted on two Whitley County Bench Warrants for failure to appear on charges of:

  • Theft by Unlawful Taking
  • Forgery-2nd Degree
  • Criminal Possession of Forged Instruments
  • Receiving Stolen Property
  • Contempt of Court 

Additionally, Taylor was wanted on a Laurel County Bench Warrant for charges of:

  • Fleeing or Evading Police-2nd Degree
  • Public Intoxication/Controlled Substance
  • Criminal Mischeif-2nd Degree 

This individual was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

Photo of the accused courtesy of the Knox County Detention Center.

Sheriff Smith was assisted by Deputies at the scene.


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