accused of helping a man who allegedly escaped from handcuffs, stole a police
car, and a held a couple captive in Monroe County.
It all started Saturday night. Kenneth Botke was supposed to be on his best behavior. He was out on
bail for allegedly stealing his brother’s car during their Grandmother’s
While out on bail, police say he stole from his own mother’s house in the Stillwater Lakes Civic
Association Development of Pocono Summit.
As an officer investigated, he handcuffed Botke and put him in the back of the
police car. Botke freed himself from the handcuffs. Pocono Mountain Regional
Police Chief Harry Lewis said, "He claims to be a survivalist. He
practices handcuffs, removing them and all of those safeguards. The officer did
everything he was supposed to as far as the handcuffing and all of that
Botke then opened the unlatched partition into the front of the police car and drove away. He ditched
the car nearby and took a shotgun out of it.
Investigators say he found brothers Kyree Caldwell and Khyilil Cadwel-Adams. They allegedly agreed
to help him get the handcuffs completely off in exchange for the stolen police
Then police say Botke went into a couple’s home and tried to force them to drive him somewhere. One
of them called police, who came and captured Botke. The entire situation
stressed the police department that was already dealing with crowds of people
coming in for NASCAR race weekend. Chief Lewis said, "Our resources were
spread out very thin. I mean thank God the State Police did a great job helping
us out. Pocono Township did a great job."
Lewis said he is investigating the escape to see if the officer involved made any
mistakes. He said, "I'm not gonna prematurely say there was any policy
violations. We are going to look at it administratively take an internal review
of the entire process."
The chief said the investigation could take as long as a month. The officer involved
is still working on active duty.