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Escapee Surrenders After Cold Spell Leads to Frostbite

A man who escaped prison in Kentucky Sunday night decided to turn himself in because he could not bear to stay in the cold any longer.

42-year-old Robert Vick turned himself into Lexington Police by surrendering at a local motel only a few miles from the Blackburn Correction Complex where he managed to escape from.

Witness detailed that Vick showed up suffering severe frostbite and asked to be turned into police.

"He was ready to go back ha ha," Maurice King, who manages the Sunset Motel where Vick surrendered to police, told WLEX.

"He said can you call the law on me? And I kind of looked at him I thought he was crazy or something," King added. King then called police and said Robert Vick wanted to turn himself in.

"I don't even think the dispatcher believed me," said King. Moments later officers showed up with an ambulance and took Vick to the University of Kentucky Hospital.

Vick was serving 11 years for burglary and criminal possession of a forged instrument, but was not able to escape Mother Nature.

"He's frostbit, his toes and his fingers," Victoria Fugate, who was staying at the Sunset Motel, told NBC. "He was hungry the dude knocked on our door, we gave him a ham and cheese sandwich, we gave him some hot chocolate."

But until Vick asked for the police to be called nobody knew he was an escaped convict.

"The next thing you know today (Monday) they are here they are arresting him, he's frostbit. Our barns out back, I guess he slept there," said Fugate. "That was stupid 'especially in the cold weather' yeah really stupid," said Fugate.

Police said he broke into an abandoned farmhouse was able to find extra clothes and went to sleep.

Vick was released from the University of Kentucky Hospital, and was back behind bars at the Blackburn Correctional Complex Monday night.

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