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Middlesboro man convicted of stabbing local professor escapes halfway house

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On Friday, August 28, 2020 a man sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for stabbing Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College professor in 2017 escaped from confinement at a Madison County halfway house.

On April 12, 2017 Professor Jamie Vaught and his wife were awakened around 4:30 when their dog was barking at something outside the home.

Police are saying that Vaught went to his front door and open it to see what the commotion was about. That’s when a male subject, later identified as 43 year old Harold Hatfield - also known as VonRoyce Hatfield, stabbed Vaught three times in the neck and chest. Hatfield and Vaught struggled briefly and Hatfield fled the scene on foot.

Middlesboro Police issued a warrant for Hatfield for first degree assault and he was later apprehended in Claiborne County, then transferred back to Bell County. He was sentenced in August of 2018 in Bell County Circuit Court to 10 years in prison. It is unknown how he was released to a halfway house with a violent crime charge.

We spoke to Jamie the day of the incident and he told us he received stitches from the attack, but that he was doing well. Also , we previously spoke to two people who knew Hatfield personally and they tell us that he is a “skilled marine and should be considered a threat”.

Hatfield is 6' 2" approximately 220-230lbs and balding. He has a large tattoo on his left bicep area. He has family in Middlesboro.

If you see Harold Hatfield do not engage him, call 911 immediately as he has been entered into the national wanted person database. You can also call the Middlesboro Police Department at 606-248-3636.

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