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Inmate who escaped prisoner transport captured in Ashland, Ohio after tip leads authorities to motel

Inmate who escaped prisoner transport captured in Ashland
Inmate who escaped prisoner transport captured in Ashland
Posted at 2:23 PM, Apr 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-14 14:23:44-04

ASHLAND,Ohio — The manhunt for a prisoner who escaped during a transport on Interstate 71 in Wayne County on Friday is over. The Ohio State Highway Patrol says that Said Ali El-Khatib was taken into custody in Ashland at 6 AM. He is now in the Ashland County jail.

Around 5 a.m. OSHP recieved a call from the Goasis Mart stating that El-Khatib had entered the store. When troopers arrived, El-Khatib fled the scene, OSHP said.

While searching the parking lot of a Motel 6, troopers received a tip from a man that El-Khatib was in the lobby of the motel. Troopers entered the Motel 6 and found El-Khatib sitting in the lobby.

El-Khatib fled on foot, but authorities found him under a pine tree near the back of the parking lot of the Motel 6.

The 33-year-old inmate was on a prison transport from New York to Indiana when he escaped at a rest area, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Local authorities, OSHP and the U.S. Marshals Service worked to locate El-Khatib, who escaped wearing a waist chain that was shackled to his ankle.

El-Khatib was considered dangerous and had a history with firearms, U.S. Marshals said.

U.S. Marshals attributed the capture to a 9-1-1 call and the diligence of citizens.

"The people of Ashland care about their communities," U.S. Marshals said.

How El-Khatib escaped his restraints is under investigations but it appears someone helped him get them off, according to U.S. Marshals.

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