Deputies in Harlan County arrested Ronnie Curtis Wednesday. Sergeant Chris Brewer told WYMT, late Monday, Curtis asked his landlord for a glass of water. When she went to help, deputies said he knocked her unconscious and tied her with duct tape. "The victim woke up around four hours later, hands and feet duct-taped and Mr. Curtis was leaning over her on the bed," said Brewer.
Brewer said the victim did not tell officials about the incident until Wednesday. He was arrested within hours of her filing the report. Brewer said, the victim was afraid Curtis was trying to ambush police that night. The victim told police, the night the incident happened, he would "take out" as many officers as he needed to before going to prison.
"(Curtis) served twenty years' prison in Georgia, was released on probation there and moved back to Harlan County," said Brewer. He also said Curtis tried to escape from prison. "We got him at his home in Ages," he said. "Which is really close to the house this assault and burglary took place at."
Deputies said Curtis did not take anything from the home. They are still investigating what happened while the victim was unconscious.
Jailers in Harlan County were concerned about safety, when asked to interview Curtis. They said he is being treated as any other inmate, but they are taking full precaution in making sure Harlan County is safe.