GALLIA, Ohio (WCMC/NBC) — Authorities said a vehicle used by four escaped Ohio inmates has been located in Pennsylvania.
The inmates escaped from the Gallia County Jail Sunday morning after authorities said they overpowered two female guards with a homemade weapon.
“At this time, I can confirm that law enforcement authorities from the state of Pennsylvania have located the vehicle and are conducting a search for the escapees,” said Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin. “United States Marshal Service has offered a reward of up to $2,500 per inmate for information leading to their apprehension.”
Late Sunday, Champlin issued new information in hopes it would help catch the inmates. The new information includes the individual charges each is facing as well as a vehicle one or more of the inmates may be using.
The inmates who escaped have been identified as:
- Brynn K. Martin, 40, who is 5-feet, 7-inches tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes. (Martin previously escaped custody from a transport vehicle with another inmate on Sept. 3. He was captured the next day in Cheshire.)
Martin was in jail for breaking and entering, receiving stolen property, two counts of failure to appear, and escape.
- Christopher M. Clemente, 24, who is 6-feet, 1-inch tall and weighs approximately 165 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.
Clemente was facing two indictments for complicity to trafficking in drugs.
- Troy R. McDaniel Jr., 30, who is 5-feet, 11-inches tall and weighs approximately 157 pounds. He has blonde hair and blue eyes.
McDaniel was in jail for a failure to appear charge stemming from Gallia County Juvenile Court for non-support of dependents.
- Lawrence R. Lee III, 29, who is 5-feet, 9-inches and weighs approximately 187 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.
Lee was in jail for assault, identity fraud, and obstructing official business.
All of the inmates should be considered extremely dangerous.
Champlin believes one or more of the escapees is still driving a 2019 grey Dodge Charger with Ohio license plate HPV8419. The car is registered to Clemente.
Authorities said the inmates were assisted by at least one person on the outside and stole the vehicle of a corrections officer, taking it to a nearby park, where another vehicle was waiting for them.
Authorities said Pennsylvania law enforcement located the vehicle and are conducting a search.
A mall near Pittsburgh was evacuated for a short time after one inmate, Clemente, was believed to be in the area.
Shoppers were allowed back inside the mall at around 3 p.m.
“Our detectives have established that our inmates had the assistance in escaping from at least one individual on the outside,” Champlin said. “As far as the details of the escape, this is what we know: once gaining access to the administrative wing of the Gallia County Jail, the inmates stole the keys of one of the corrections officer’s vehicles. They then stole that vehicle and proceeded approximately one block south of the Gallia County Jail towards toward Gallipolis City Park where they had a vehicle waiting for them.”
Anyone who sees the four inmates who escaped Sunday morning or knows their whereabouts is asked to call 911.
Other Gallia County Jail Inmate Escapes
There have been multiple inmate escapes in just the last few months.
Richard Clements escaped from the jail Aug. 11. He was caught on Aug. 12 in Circleville.
Champlin said improvements to the jail are needed.
The facility was built more than 50 years ago and the cells no longer lock.
The cells were permanently opened decades ago to make more space to house inmates.