4 Prisoners Escape Ohio Jail After Overpowering Corrections Officers
Gallipolis, OH – Four prisoners who escaped from jail in Gallia County early on Sunday morning were captured in North Carolina on Monday.
It was the third jailbreak they’ve had from that facility since August, NBC News reported.
The Gallia County Sheriff’s Office said the four “extremely dangerous” men used a homemade weapon to overpower two female correctional officers and forced open a secured door to escape at about 12:14 a.m. on Sept. 29, CNN reported.
Police said they were helped in their escape by at least one other person who was on the outside waiting with a getaway car.
Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin said the inmates got into the administrative wing of the jail and stole the keys to a correctional officer’s car, CNN reported.
They drove that car to the waiting getaway car about a block away.
A manhunt was quickly underway for 40-year-old Brynn Martin, 24-year-old Christopher Clemente, 30-year-old Troy McDaniel Jr., and 29-year-old Lawrence Lee III, NBC News reported.
U.S. Marshalls offered up to $2,500 in reward money for each escaped inmate if the information led to their capture, CNN reported.
By Monday morning, McDaniel, Martin and Clemente had been apprehended at a hotel near a shopping center in Cary, North Carolina, NBC News reported.
Sheriff Champlin announced that Lee had also been captured early on Monday afternoon in Durham, North Carolina.
NBC News reported that it wasn’t the first time in September that Martin escaped from the Gallia County jail.
Sheriff Champlin said the jail is not equipped to deal with number of inmates it handles or the type of inmates it is holding, according to CNN.
He said the jail, located in the basement of the county courthouse, was built more than 50 years ago and the cells no longer lock because they were made to be permanently opened decades ago in order to create more space to house inmates, NBC News.
“After taking office, I quickly realized that our jail was outdated and insufficient to meet the needs and the numbers of the criminals,” Sheriff Champlin said. “We do not have the ability to lock our inmates in cells like a conventional jail would.
Sheriff Champlin said the jail has 22 beds and there are nine full-time correctional officers working there.
The two female correctional officers were not seriously injured in the most recent jailbreak, NBC News reported.
CNN reported that no male correctional officers were working the night of the escape.
Two men had been scheduled but called out sick.
The sheriff said three other male correctional officers were out recovering from minor injuries suffered in the line of duty at the jail, CNN reported.