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September 27, 2012

Would-be burglar pulled from restaurant exhaust duct

BLUEFIELD — ASHLAND, Ky. — A juvenile who was attempting to break into a restaurant got trapped – and then about nine hours later he got caught.

Employees at El Rancho Grande were surprised when they arrived at work at the restaurant Wednesday morning only to hear someone yelling for help. Once discovered, it took two hours to remove the grease-covered male from the building’s duckwork where he had gotten stuck.

Firefighters said the suspect's body was upright in the vertical section of the duct, while his feet and legs were horizontal in one of the lower passages. The suspect was respectful and cooperated with his rescuers and thanked them after he was freed, said Bob McKeon, a member of the Ashland Fire Department.

The extent of the teenager’s injuries wasn't clear, but Boyd County EMS Director Tom Adams said he had abrasions to his lower legs and could a face of range of medical problems stemming from being in one position for so long.

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Details for this story were provided by The Independent in Ashland, Ky.

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