Sheriff’s office: Homicidal patient in custody after escaping from ambulance, stealing truck

ASHLAND, Ohio-- The man who escaped from an ambulance is now in police custody.

Travis Thornburg (Photo courtesy: Wayne County Sheriff's Office)

Travis L. Thornburg, 41, threatened the occupants of the private ambulance before fleeing, the Richland County Sheriff's Office said. It happened Interstate 71 south near state Route 39 just before 10 a.m. Friday.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said he went west into a wooded area and was still wearing a hospital gown, but had a bag of street clothes with him.

Thornburg stole a pick-up truck from a home on Hickory Lane, the sheriff's office said. Later, a resident spotted him and the stolen truck on Cemetery Road.

The Richland County Sheriff's Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol and U.S. Marshals set up a perimeter. They located Thornburg at Hanley and Berry roads, and took him to the Richland County Jail.

He was charged with theft of a motor vehicle and menacing.

The sheriff's office said Thornburg, who is homicidal and suicidal, voluntarily checked himself into Wooster Community Hospital. He was being transported to Columbus for treatment when he escaped.

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