Two inmates captured after escaping County Jail

prisonLANCASTER, OH – Two inmates escaped from the Fairfield County Jail Tuesday, but were caught a short time later.

At the time of their escape, the two were in a holding cell at the Main Street Jail, according to a release from the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office.

John H. Richards Jr., 49, and Matthew D. Scurlock, 35, escaped the booking area of the jail by prying open their cell door sometime around 10:15 p.m. The lock was reportedly damaged, the release said.

According to a report from Lancaster police, a deputy flagged down a police officer at around 10:27 p.m. and alerted them of the two escapees. Both were reportedly wearing green suicide smocks and no other clothing. A passerby spotted both suspects at Maple and Canal streets.

Richards reportedly surrendered to a Lancaster police officer, after which he was taken into custody. Richards then told authorities Scurlock was last seen running south across the creek in front of American Legion, 279 Canal St.

Richards was in jail on charges a first-degree felony kidnapping charge, a third-degree felony abduction charge and misdemeanor domestic violence charge, court records indicate. Each charge has a gun specification for a Hatfield SGL shotgun reportedly used during the incident on or about Nov. 4, 2016.

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By: Trista Thurston
Published: May 18, 2017

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