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Akron man indicted for escaping correctional facility

Posted at 3:51 PM, Oct 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-01 15:51:34-04

AKRON, Ohio — An Akron man who allegedly escaped from the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in August has been indicted.

Joe L. Fletcher III, 33, allegedly escaped from the facility on Aug. 18, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. He has been charged with one count of escape.

At the time of the alleged escape, he was awaiting trial and in custody for being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, according to the attorney's office.

Fletcher was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force on Aug. 20.

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