UPDATE: Police Seeking Suspect Who Slipped Out Of Handcuffs

Posted On July 06, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Matthew Davis Switzerland County Sheriff's Dept.

Matthew Davis
Switzerland County Sheriff’s Dept.

Update posted Sunday, July 6 at 1:13 p.m.:

Davis was captured on Friday, July 4, according to the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office.

He is currently held in the Switzerland County Jail on charges of Escape and Fleeing Law Enforcement.

No bond has been assigned to Davis yet. A court appearance was scheduled for Monday morning, according to jail officials.


Original story published on Thursday, July 3 at 3:17 p.m.:

(Switzerland County, Ind.) – A manhunt occurred in Switzerland County after a man placed under arrest escaped deputies’ handcuffs.

The search for 23-year-old Matthew Davis, of Jefferson County, was called off Thursday afternoon, however, he remains at-large.

According to Sheriff Roy Leap, deputies responded to a reported domestic dispute at around 4:22 a.m. Thursday at a home on Cogley Cole Road. The officers encountered two men, one of them being Davis.

Davis was found to have outstanding warrants. He was put in handcuffs and placed in the back seat of a patrol vehicle. Somehow he managed to slip out of the cuffs and flee from police.

A search of the area began with multiple agencies involved including state police from Indiana and Kentucky. A road block was established on the Kentucky side of the Markland Dam bridge.

Davis is described as 5’9”, 150 lbs. with short brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans. Anybody with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office at (812) 427-3636.

Davis was not armed at the time of his escape. Still, citizens should not approach Davis if they see him, the sheriff said.

The second male at the original domestic disturbance call was Robert B. Davis, 26, of Vevay. He was arrested on an outstanding warrant of his own and taken to the Switzerland County Detention Center.