PAULDING, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio rape suspect remains on the loose after he overpowered a sheriff's deputy in a transport van, stole his gun and fled.

The Paulding County sheriff and federal agents are looking for 32-year-old Branden Lee Powell. Powell overpowered a deputy on a trip Friday from a psychiatric hospital to a county jail.

The sheriff's office said Monday the search continued.

Powell was in leg shackles and handcuffs when he jumped over the seat and put the deputy in a headlock, causing the van to crash. Powell grabbed the deputy's gun and ordered him to remove the restraints.

Federal officials joined local authorities as the search continues for an Ohio rape suspect who overpowered a sheriff's deputy in a transport van, stole his gun and ammunition and fled. (August 7)

Powell was jailed last month on rape, attempted rape and sexual battery charges.

A $2,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his apprehension.