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THURSDAY UPDATE: Escaped inmate apprehended


The man who escaped the Logan County Jail and allegedly committed multiple felonies on his flight has now been taken into custody, authorities report.

Joseph Lee Knox, 36, was arrested by the Springfield Police Department at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Logan County Sheriff Andrew J. Smith reported.

He was apprehended in the area of west Columbia and north Yellow Springs streets, a few blocks from the Executive Inn, 325 W. Columbia St., Springfield, where he reportedly had tried to rent a room earlier in the day before a desk clerk chased him off because he didn’t have any money.

The defendant is due in a Clark County court today. He was lodged in the Clark County Jail overnight on an outstanding 2010 warrant for receiving stolen property.


Deputies are trying to determine the owner of this dirt bike, which allegedly was stolen by an escaped inmate Tuesday. (Photo/Logan County Sheriff’s Office)

Sheriff Smith said this morning deputies plan, at least, to interview Mr. Knox in jail today. He will be transported back to Logan County pending disposition of his Clark County warrant.

Mr. Knox had completed about one of four months he was serving on contempt of court warrants from both Logan and Madison counties when he left the jail garden where he was working as a trusty Tuesday morning about 10:30 a.m.

He was due to be released Oct. 22.

About an hour had passed Tuesday morning before deputies were made aware of the escape by kitchen staff and other jail trusties.

He was seen on a dirt bike about 7 p.m. asking for gas on west State Route 47 before a West Liberty area resident reported a .22-caliber handgun had been stolen Tuesday evening.

At 8:48 p.m., a resident along Ludlow Road near Urbana told deputies of the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office that a man matching Mr. Knox’s description was inside the residence and fired shots at the resident when confronted about the burglary.

A dirt bike was found near that location. Deputies are trying to determine its owner. Information about it can be directed to the sheriff’s office, 592-5731.

An escape charge and additional charges for the alleged burglaries may be pending, Sheriff Smith reported.

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