4th Gallia County Jail escapee also caught in North Carolina

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February 07 2021 06:00 pm

CARY, N.C. (WOWK/WCMH) — All four men who escaped from an Ohio jail have been caught in North Carolina.

The inmates escaped from the Gallia County Jail Sunday morning after authorities said they overpowered two female guards with a homemade weapon.

Police identified the escapees as :

  • Brynn K. Martin, 40, who is 5-feet, 7-inches tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes. (Martin previously escaped custody from a transport vehicle with another inmate on Sept. 3. He was captured the next day in Cheshire.)

    Martin was in jail for breaking and entering, receiving stolen property, two counts of failure to appear, and escape.
  • Christopher M. Clemente, 24, who is 6-feet, 1-inch tall and weighs approximately 165 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.

    Clemente was facing two indictments for complicity to trafficking in drugs.
  • Troy R. McDaniel Jr., 30, who is 5-feet, 11-inches tall and weighs approximately 157 pounds. He has blonde hair and blue eyes.

    McDaniel was in jail for a failure to appear charge stemming from Gallia County Juvenile Court for non-support of dependents.
  • Lawrence R. Lee III, 29, who is 5-feet, 9-inches and weighs approximately 187 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

    Lee was in jail for assault, identity fraud, and obstructing official business.

According to a spokesperson from the town of Cary, North Carolina, the local police department got a call around 2 a.m. saying that the four fugitives were pinged in the area.

Three of them, Martin, Clemente, and McDaniel, were arrested at the Red Roof Inn in a nearby shopping center. Police said the three were taken into custody peacefully.

Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin says the final escapee, Lee, was taken into custody by law enforcement officials in Durham, N.C. later in the day.

Jail records show that Clemente, Martin, and Mcdaniel were booked into the Wake County, North Carolina jail. It wasn’t immediately clear which other escapees were captured.

Authorities said the inmates were assisted by at least one person on the outside and stole the vehicle of a corrections officer, taking it to a nearby park, where another vehicle was waiting for them.

According to the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, through a multi-agency investigation, it is believed that Lee accompanied the three males and escaped again at the time of arrests.

Sheriff Champlin issued a statement saying, “I would like to thank the hard-working law enforcement professionals who have tirelessly dedicated themselves to providing an end to the search for these escapees. Additionally, I want to thank everyone who has shown support for my office and our law enforcement across this great nation. Every day, our jobs become tougher and more dangerous. My staff and I appreciate your continued prayers and support as we continue to work hard for you every day.”

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