SOMERSET, KY - According to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office: In August of 2023, Samuel Baker was released from the Pulaski County Detention Center, and placed on house arrest with an ankle monitor. Baker was awaiting trial in Pulaski County Circuit Court to begin on December 5, 2023. The charges in that case include Murder 1st Degree, Burglary 1st Degree, Convicted Felon in Possession of a Handgun, and Persistent Felony Offender.
On November 22, 2023, at approximately 2:52 AM, Baker removed his ankle monitor and fled the residence where he was staying. Baker left the residence in a 2017 Red Corvette which belongs to the person he was staying with.
Baker did not have permission to take her vehicle.
According to her, Baker also stole an AR pistol type firearm and ammunition from her and her husband.
At approximately 7:15 AM, this person contacted 911 Dispatch and advised that when she woke up, she noticed Baker was missing, along with the firearm and vehicle. She said she last saw Baker at approximately 10:00 PM on November 21, 2023, in the company of Adriana Brown, his current girlfriend.
The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette was located at the Goodhope Baptist Church on E. 70 in Eubank, Kentucky, which is in Northern Pulaski County. Detectives Ryan Jones and Jay Picard, assisted by Kentucky State Police Detective Keegan Bray, went to that location and determined that neither Baker nor Brown were there.
During the initial investigation, KSP Detective Bray determined there was a black 2016 Dodge Caravan registered to Adriana Brown. Detective Bray, working with an agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, received information, Brown’s vehicle had, at approximately 9:22 AM EST been identified on I-64 in Ferdinand, Dubois County, Indiana.
Later the same day, November 22, at approximately 1:07 PM CST, police officers in Mascoutah, Illinois were dispatched to a Pilot Truck Stop located on Perrin Road in Mascoutah. Upon their arrival, they spoke with a female, who told officers that she had parked her white, 2018 Dodge Charger at the truck stop and left to work for the day. This was at approximately 8:00 a.m. CST.
She returned at approximately 1:00 p.m. CST and discovered her vehicle missing. Officers entered her vehicle into the system, which produced a “hit” on the Dodge Charger showing it was westbound on I-55/I-70 near the Stan Musial Bridge heading into Missouri at approximately 12:26 pm CST.
On November 23, at approximately 5:30 a.m. CST, officers with Mascoutah PD received information that the 2018 Dodge Charger had been recovered with two unknown persons in it at El Dorado, Kansas.
On November 23, at approximately 5:35 p.m. CST, officers with Mascoutah received information that Baker and Brown were the suspects who had been arrested in possession of the 2018 Dodge Charger in El Dorado, Kansas.
Through investigation, Mascoutah officers discovered the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post that stated that Baker and Brown could be in Brown’s black Dodge Caravan.
Officer Bradley Penet then went to the Pilot truck stop and found Brown’s black Dodge Caravan parked in the spot next to where the stolen 2018 Dodge Charger had been parked prior to it being stolen.
Officer Penet discovered that Brown’s Dodge Caravan was entered as a felony vehicle in NCIC related to Baker’s escape. Officer Penet then had the vehicle towed and stored due to this information. On November 22, when Baker and Brown were found in the stolen vehicle, they refused to provide law enforcement with their names or any identifying information.
Based on the above information, there is reason to believe that Brown rendered assistance to Baker with the intent to hinder Baker’s apprehension, prosecution, and conviction or punishment, by providing Baker with a secondary vehicle to further conceal his escape, accompanying Baker in his flight from custody out of state, committing theft of another vehicle with Baker to further his escape, and attempting to conceal her own identity as well as Baker’s when apprehended by law enforcement.
Lieutenant Matt Bryant, with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office filed a criminal complaint with Pulaski District Court, which was granted by a District Court Judge, charging Adriana Brown with the offense of Hindering, Prosecution or Apprehension, 1st Degree.
Sheriff Bobby Jones credits the coordination of multiple agencies working together, across multiple jurisdictions, using available technology, to come to this successful conclusion in the arrest of these two fugitives without any civilians or police officers being injured.
We will update concerning extradition or any other information as it becomes available.
Yesterday, the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office put out the information below concerning the escapee, Samuel Baker. Sheriff Jones reports that he has been arrested in El Dorado, Kansas in Butler County. Baker was with Adriana Brown, and both were arrested in El Dorado on local charges. To our knowledge they were taken into custody without incident or injuries to anyone. We will update as we get more information.
Sheriff Bobby Jones reports the escape of a Somerset man, on ankle monitor awaiting trial for Murder.
Samuel Baker, 24 years of age, of Somerset, KY was indicted in April, 2021 for Murder, Burglary 1st Degree, Convicted Felon in Possession of a Handgun and Persistent Felony Offender for the March, 2021 shooting death of Robert Claunch in Faubush, KY.
Baker was provided a bond reduction in August, 2023 while awaiting trial and was placed on home incarceration with an ankle monitor.
In the early morning hours of November 22, 2023, Baker removed his ankle monitoring device and left his home on Hwy 39, Somerset, KY in a 2017 red Chevrolet Corvette. It is believed, when Baker fled from the residence he also took a firearm with him. The Corvette has since been recovered in northern Pulaski County. Baker was not with the vehicle.
Baker is believed to be in the company of an Adriana Brown, 28 years of age, in a 2016 black Dodge Grand Caravan. He is believed to be armed and dangerous.
If you encounter Baker, or believe to know where he is, do not approach. Call 911 and report the information to authorities.
Sheriff Bobby Jones asks if you have any information about drug activity or any crime to contact our tip line at 606-679-8477. You can also leave a tip on our webpage at http://www.pulaskisheriff.com. You can remain anonymous by texting PCSOTIP to 847411, or by using our mobile app on both Google Play and the App Store.