Convicted Felon On The Run Prompts Molino Park Lockdown

January 11, 2017

A McDavid man that ran from deputies during a traffic stop caused the lockdown of Molino Park Elementary School on Tuesday.

Just before noon, an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted a traffic stop when a man, later identified Yancey James Thompson, bailed out of the vehicle and ran near the school.

Deputies and  K-9 units setup a perimeter with deputies along Highway 97 and Crabtree Church Road behind the school. Thompson, 46, was taken into custody within the perimeter about two hours later.

Thompson was charged with a felony for habitually driving with a suspended license and resisting an officer without violence. He remained in the Escambia County Jail early Wednesday with bond set at $3,000.

In May 2013, Thompson, 43, was sentenced to three years in state prison for resisting an officer with violence, operating a vehicle with a revoked license as a habitual traffic offender, failure to appear on the traffic charge, and failure to appear and violating probation on charges of possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon, destroying evidence, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and resisting arrest without violence.

Thompson was convicted of striking an Escambia County deputy with a truck in attempt to avoid arrest.

Pictured top: A deputy outside the gate to Molino Park Elementary School during a lockdown Monday afternoon. Pictured bottom: A deputy maintains a perimeter. photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge


23 Responses to “Convicted Felon On The Run Prompts Molino Park Lockdown”

  1. A. ALEX on January 13th, 2017 11:28 am

    Before white washing this guy, read his FULL tap sheet. I say leave in for 5 full years. If he had wrecked and killed someone with no insurance,how would you feel if it was your love one killed. By the way, he was released same day on $2k bond.

  2. K on January 13th, 2017 12:31 am

    Let’s keep this simple:

    Show me a person who has appeared in front of a judge 1 time…
    and I’ll show you someone with a history of bad decisions, who deserves to be in front of a judge.

    Show me a person who has “repeat offender” as a charge,
    and I’ll show you someone who has no regard for authority or the law.

    The real question is whether you believe humans by nature are basically good, or basically evil.

    If you believe they are basically good, there must be some reason that is causing his behavior, fix the reason, you fix the behavior.
    If you believe people are basically evil, then he chose this path, and the behavior will continue until he is stopped or until it becomes too painful for him to continue as he is.

    “Repeat offender” places him firmly in the 2nd category.

  3. Old Friend on January 12th, 2017 9:36 pm

    I have known Yancey since high school and still see him around when he is not locked up. I like him and consider him an old friend. I think he is genuinely honest. And a hard worker, But his circumstances forces him to break the law to earn a living. He is also a bit on the crazy side, Not harmful crazy, But just not quite right. He has also stated he was not afraid of jail. I think he kind of liked it. What does that say about our judicial system? Revolving door prisons are the burden of tax payer dollars. We should have a combination of hard core punishment such as old school chain gangs and reform programs which could include the ability to obtain an affordable drivers license upon release. Providing they are not habitual DUI offenders.

  4. Mike Honcho on January 12th, 2017 9:06 pm

    Thank you Paul you said it all.
    Can’t see how somebody with this long of a record can still be a good man. “He couldn’t pay the fine ” listen up cupcake, fines are for law breakers don’t break the law don’t get fines,simple. Good men do there absolute best not to do this, hence a good man. Ignorant people break the law = a bad guy. Yes you may have bad luck, and it might get you down, but the decisions we make form us into the people that we are. Learn to make better decisions.

  5. Tate class of 88 on January 12th, 2017 9:02 am

    I have known Yancey for quit a long time. He does not have bad luck, just stupid decisions. They are no longer mistakes, they are habits. I have lost contact with him and he used to be a good guy that would not hurt anybody. Seems times have changed when you fight the police, which is always a losing battle. Next time he might try and take it the the next level and get himself shot. I hope he will get his life straight, for his sake and nobody else’s. I will pray for you my lost friend.

  6. Duke of Wawbeek on January 12th, 2017 8:36 am

    Passover is just around the corner and I hope that the judge decides to free Mr Thompson, as he is not a malevolent sort.

    Give Us Yancy!

  7. Paul Adams on January 12th, 2017 5:32 am

    A good man? Your definition of a good man is against the norm of society then since “good men” don’t normally achieve a driving status of “habitual offender” which is an automatic felony and state prison time. Good men also aren’t in possession of drugs, weapons or attempt to run over a cop. So this is the type of guy you would let date your daughter huh? Well, in my world where I have values and respect for law enforcement, if this guy came around my daughter, he would have a series of issues to deal with. So keep coddling this sorry individual, give him a trophy for finishing last place in life, maybe have a cry-in at your house. While you’re at it, give him a big hug and tell him good bye for many years as he takes a bus ride to a state prison.

  8. molinoman on January 12th, 2017 4:34 am

    Some people have a warped view of what good is looking over this guy’s public track record. A mistake I can understand, but it is mistake after mistake for years, that is not “good” or being a “good man” I am sorry to tell you and you will never convince me otherwise. We can judge as long as it is a righteous judgment, that is how good people avoid getting wrapped up into an evil doers sins. God bless.

    Isaiah 5:20
    Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

  9. Becky on January 12th, 2017 12:39 am

    I know Yanchy. They are right. He IS a good guy. Just a series of circumstances coupled with bad luck. He wouldn’t harm a fly. Once you get in trouble, it is hard to stay out of trouble.

  10. bartender on January 12th, 2017 12:11 am

    some people dont know what its like to be down on your luck. i know alot of people with families that dont have a drivers license just because the fines they cant can you go to work if you dont have a license always hear people say bad things about people but rare do you hear people say good things. i dont know the man but he might be one of those that made a mistake in life.

  11. H H on January 11th, 2017 9:06 pm

    For you “Lori Adams” and “I know him”, I nominate either of you to take Mr. Good Man to work, pay his fines, take him to court, take him to church, he needs to be better involved in religion, take him everywhere he needs to go. Keep him locked up at your house. We don’t want to see his mug on the street. If he had to drive to work without a license, then what kept him from attending his court appearances 3 -4 times. Good Man all right ! You two just think you know him.

  12. Mike Honcho on January 11th, 2017 8:47 pm

    Habitual is a funny word especially when every one says he’s a God man. I guess I have another definition of what a good man is supposed to be. But don’t know him and do not want to. Just another good guy burden of taxpayers, pitiful.

  13. No Excuses on January 11th, 2017 4:25 pm

    He may be a “good man” but he’s a poor citizen. If he had run into someone, or hurt someone in an accident, he would have left the scene and left the poor victim to take care of the damage to their vehicles or themselves on their own. This “good man” would have done this because he had neither a license or insurance, most likely. He should have found another way to get to work.

    Once you are on the “radar” with law enforcement, you should attempt to stay squeaky clean as you are more apt to get picked up a second time for poor judgment. I question the controlled substance without a prescription as well. An ex-felon KNOWS better!

  14. Bubba Blogger on January 11th, 2017 3:24 pm

    @ I know him…church hypocrites are the same as regular ole hypocrites…that’s why we go to church, because we’re hypocrites and we have problems too. Kind of like a hospital for sick people and trust me, saved or unsaved, WE ALL ARE SICK…

  15. Mary on January 11th, 2017 2:41 pm

    My husband knows him & Yancey is not a good guy..not the type to bring to your house….You don’t run from the cops..he was lucky the dogs didn’t get to him or get tased or worse..shot..he put a lot of people in harm’s way…I hope no one bails him out…

  16. CW on January 11th, 2017 12:50 pm

    I remember when he assaulted the officer last time, the article was right here on Northescambia. I also remember the same comments back then, “he’s a good man” yadda yadda…

  17. I know him on January 11th, 2017 12:06 pm

    Lori is right. I have known him along time. He has always been a good man. Stop any stone throwing. Probably so called church hypocrits making judgement on him. State of Florida are to blame for not letting good people who make mistakes get back on there feet. Wish you the best my friend.

  18. Lori Adams on January 11th, 2017 10:56 am

    Yancey is a very good man! All you talking about driving without DL well the man has to work and they make it very hard to get you DL back! So give a hard working Man a break! A lot of you probably don’t even know him and want to talk crap!

  19. William on January 11th, 2017 10:10 am

    >>If he was convicted and sentenced to 3 years in 2013, WHY WAS HE OUT?

    Because this is 2017. Sentenced in May 2013 plus three years would be a release in May 2016. (He was actually released earlier than May 2016 because he got credit for time served in the county lockup while awaiting trial)

  20. Just me on January 11th, 2017 7:42 am

    If he was convicted and sentenced to 3 years in 2013, WHY WAS HE OUT? Which Judge is responsible for him being free???

  21. area resident on January 11th, 2017 6:11 am

    Why are “habitual” criminals allowed to roam our streets? And why is his bail set at $3000.00? I think we should be allowed to know the political affiliation of the judges we vote into office. Political affiliation tells a lot about a person.

  22. jay on January 11th, 2017 5:19 am

    I came through when this was going on,, Not condemning them but looked like a episode of Andy Griffith

  23. mick on January 11th, 2017 3:38 am

    Habitual being the key word here. Let his habitual behavior continue in a prison cell and not out in society running free. Again with these repeat offenders ENOUGH!

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