Escaped convicted felon captured nearby


An escaped convicted felon wanted by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, was located and captured Saturday afternoon.

At 2;30 p.m., Greenfield Police in Fayette County located escapee 28-year-old Spencer Johnson. He was taken into custody with no reported trouble.

The London Correctional Institute says Johnson will be returned to the facility later Sunday.

State prisons officials said Johnson had walked away from a work assignment along Interstate 70 near London on August 5th.

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said Johnson left an outside work assignment picking up trash around 2:00 p.m. The crew was working in the area of mile marker 81.

An immediate search went out for Johnson, who is a white male with brown hair and hazel eyes, 6 feet tall and about 200 pounds. when he left the work detail, he had been wearing a state-issued khaki shirt and khaki pants.

On August 8th, Police said a pickup truck from a water department in central Ohio may have been stolen by an inmate who walked away from a work assignment along Interstate 70 on Monday.

West Jefferson Police Chief Terry Ward says video surveillance of the water department shows that the man who stole the truck Thursday matches the description of the escaped inmate Spencer Johnson.

The truck was driven through the department’s gates, according to a police report. The truck’s bed has three 100-gallon fuel tanks to refuel construction vehicles.

Johnson’s family at that time had pleaded for him to turn himself in.

It’s unclear what additional penalty Johnson will be assessed.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.



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