ASHLAND, Ohio – “He asked for a glass of water, he said he was running through the woods all night,” said an employee with Goasis convenience store.
His family asked that he not be identified.
He talked to the FOX 8 I-Team after his tip led to the arrest of an inmate who had escaped during transport.
Said Ali El-Khatib had been on the run since 9 p.m. Friday.
The Goasis employee gave El-Khatib a glass of water, then went in the back and called police.
“At first he looked just like any customer but when he came closer you could tell he had been outside for a while,” he told the I-Team.
He said the man left before police arrived. His co-worker, Bill Morgan, saw where he went and told police.
Ashland sheriff officials confirm the worker is the person who notified authorities.
“Police had been in earlier and said if we saw anyone that looked suspicious to call,” he said.
Said Ali El-Khatib was handcuffed, wearing a waist chain and shackled on one ankle when he escaped at a rest area on I-71 around 9 p.m. Friday. It happened near mile marker 197 in Wayne County.
The escapee was found and captured in Ashland just before 6 a.m. Sunday near US-250 and I-71.