Inmate who escaped from southern Ohio jail caught in Circleville


GALLIA COUNTY, OH (WCMH) — An inmate who escaped from the Gallia County jail was captured in Circleville Monday.  

Richard Clements Jr., 41, of Circleville, and two other inmates escaped the jail Sunday afternoon. The two other inmates were quickly captured and returned to jail.

According to Circleville Police, the United States Marshal Service requested the aid of Circleville police and probation department due to Clements’ ties to the area.

The Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike TEAM (SOFAST) unit received information Monday that Clements was staying with a relative on York Road in Circleville.

The SOFAST unit arrived at the scene and after a brief standoff, Clements was taken into custody and taken to Pickaway County Jail without incident, police said.

According to Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin, Clements escaped when he and the two other inmates used force to overcome corrections staff and flee from the county jail, located in the basement of the Gallia County Courthouse.

Clements capture was a combined effort of the United States Marshal Service, the Circleville Police, Circleville Municipal Court Probation Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, with help from the Circleville Fire Department.

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