GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — Authorities are searching for four men who escaped from the Gallia County Jail early Sunday morning.
The Gallia County sheriff says the incident happened around 12:15 a.m. after the inmates overpowered two female corrections officers with a homemade weapon.
They forced a secured door open and escaped the jail, which is located near the Ohio-West Virginia border.
Deputies determined the men had assistance escaping from at least one person on the outside.
Once the escapees gained access to the jail’s administrative wing, they stole the keys of a correction officer’s vehicle, then stole the vehicle and proceeded about one block away from the jail, where they had a vehicle waiting for them.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol searched the area for the inmates and law enforcement offices in three states worked through the night developing leads. The Gallia County Sheriff’s Office has reached out to local, state and federal agencies for assistance in apprehending these inmates.
All of the escapees are considered extremely dangerous. They have been identified as:
- Brynn K. Martin, 40: Martin is 5’7” tall, weighs approximately 170 pounds, and has brown hair and blue eyes.
- Christoper M. Clemente, 24: Clemente is 6’1” tall, weighs approximately 165 pounds, and has brown hair and hazel eyes.
- Troy R. McDaniel Jr., 30: McDaniel is 5’11” tall, weighs approximately 157 pounds, and has blonde hair and blue eyes.
- Lawrence R. Lee III, 29: Lee is 5’9” tall, weighs approximately 187 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.
Authorities believe that one or more of the escapees is driving a gray 2019 Dodge Charger with Ohio plate number HVP8419.
The vehicle is registered to escapee Christopher Clemente, who was spotted in the Westmoreland Mall in the Greensburg, Pa. area, which is located outside of Pittsburgh.
Pennsylvania State Police are currently conducting a search for the escapees.
Anyone who sees these inmates or has information regarding their whereabouts is asked to contact the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office at (740) 446-6555 or call 911. The United States Marshal’s Service is offering a reward of up to $2,500 per inmate for information that leads to their arrest.
According to WCMH, there have been multiple inmate escapes at the Gallia County Jail in the past few months. One of the inmates that escaped Sunday morning had previously escaped custody earlier this month.