Ohio police net Hardin County escapee

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By Sarah Bennett

After four days on the run, an inmate who walked away from a work detail in Radcliff was captured Tuesday night in Fairborn, Ohio.

Ryan C. Jones, 20, was located at 6:14 p.m. Tuesday at a Fairborn residence.

Fairborn Police Sgt. Paul Hicks said another law enforcement agency asked the department to check the residence to see if Jones was there. He was arrested without incident.

“It was pretty uneventful,” Hicks said.

Jones was served a Kentucky warrant and is not facing any charges in Ohio, Hicks said.

Less than 30 minutes after his arrest, Jones was lodged at the Greene County, Ohio, Jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond, according to the jail’s records.

According to a statement released by the Hardin County Detention Center, Jones is awaiting extradition to Kentucky.

Greene County is in the Dayton, Ohio, metropolitan area, said Danny Allen, Hardin County Jailer. According to Kentucky State Police, Jones has ties to the Dayton area.

After Jones walked away Friday from a Saunders Springs work site, Allen reported jail staff listened to his phone calls from the previous night. Those conversations led investigators to believe the inmate was headed toward Dayton.

Jones originally was serving time for charges of first-degree fleeing or evading police and first-degree wanton endangerment out of Whitley County, Allen said. He was classified as a state inmate in Hardin County Detention Center’s work-release program.

After being temporarily re-located to another jail, Jones returned March 8 to Hardin County, Allen said, and a week later, he walked away from the Saunders Springs work site.

According to the jailer, Jones had approximately 45 days left of his sentence.

Jones faces a second-degree escape charge in Hardin County, according to jail staff, which Kentucky law defines as a Class D felony. It is punishable by one to five years in prison if convicted.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.