Escaped inmate taken into custody; originally arrested after breaking into home while wielding ax, high on PCP

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CLEVELAND — The inmate who escaped from the back of an ambulance in Cleveland Wednesday night was taken into custody Thursday without incident by the members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force led by the United States Marshal’s Service, Cleveland police said.

He was originally arrested after being accused of breaking into a home while wielding an ax.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, 35-year-old Jonathon Luton, of Lakewood, escaped from the back of an ambulance at East 30th Street and Chester Avenue Wednesday night. According to police reports, he was originally arrested Saturday after a woman claiming to be his girlfriend flagged police down, claiming he broke into her home in the 7000 block of Irvington Terrace.

She said he was high on PCP and was also armed with a gun.

A witness was holding him on the ground when police arrived. He told police that Luton was at the house and left angrily. When he came back, he allegedly said he was going to kill everyone. He used an axe to break down the door and then swung it at him.

At one point, the witness tackled Luton, slamming him into a glass door. There was blood in several areas of the residence.

Police said Luton lied repeatedly about his identity and threatened to kill himself. He was taken to the hospital for treatment, and marijuana and PCP were found in his system.

He was later taken to jail.

Police had said Luton is considered violent and was suicidal.

Authorities say he was wanted on aggravated burglary and aggravated assault warrants.

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