Authorities apprehend inmate who escaped transport vehicle in Elyria


Charles Thompson (courtesy: Lorain/Medina Community Based Correctional Facility)

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ELYRIA, Ohio -- Elyria police have apprehended the Lorain/Medina Community Based Correctional Facility inmate who escaped from a transport vehicle on Monday morning.

Charles F. Thompson, 39, fled from a transport van in Elyria while returning from a court appearance where he was to be sentenced on receiving stolen property and drug charges.

Authorities say Thompson was caught at 4:16 p.m. He was walking in front of the Middle Avenue Laundry Center on 8th and Middle Avenue. He was taken into custody without incident, according to the Lorain County Sheriff's Office.

Thompson escaped when he jumped out of the transport van at the intersection of West River Road and 2nd Street in Elyria.  The correctional facility had advised authorities that Thompson was not restrained during transport.

Thompson was described as having tattoos all over his arms including an 8 ball, cross, and the word “RAGE” down the back of his right arm.

Thompson has now been served with a charge of escape, a felony of the fifth degree.

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