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How an inmate escaped custody for a few hours Monday in Lorain County

September 25, 2018

How an inmate escaped custody for a few hours Monday in Lorain County

ELYRIA, Ohio -- An Elyria man jumped from a correctional facility transport van and led police on a manhunt for over four hours before finding himself behind bars again, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

Charles F. Thompson, 39, was returning Monday from a hearing before Lorain County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi on charges of receiving stolen property, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records show.

Thompson was held at the Lorain/Medina Community Based Correction Facility, CBCF, on Murray Ridge Road in Elyria, according to a Lorain County Sheriff’s Office press release. 

A CBCF transport van was driving with Thompson around 11:50 a.m. when he jumped out of the van and ran eastbound from the intersection of West River Road and 2nd Street in Elyria.

Thompson was not restrained during transport, CBCF operations director Don Nickerson told the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office. Nickerson could not be reached for comment Tuesday. 

Deputies from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office and Elyria police officers began to check the area but were not able to find him, so they sent out a press release with information about Thompson’s appearance.

Elyria police officers captured Thompson about 4:15 p.m. Monday in front of Middle Avenue Laundry Center on the 800 block of Middle Avenue in Elyria. 

Thompson is in the Lorain County jail on a felony charge of escape, court records show.

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