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U.S. Marshals recapture 2 inmates who escaped from Lorain Co. facility Wednesday night

Escaped Lorain County Inmates
Posted at 10:45 AM, Dec 09, 2022

AKRON, Ohio — U.S. Marshals have captured the two inmates who escaped from the Lorain/Medina Community Based Correctional Facility in Elyria Wednesday night, officials confirmed to News 5 Friday morning.

On Friday morning, Johnny L. Brooks Jr. was arrested at a hotel near the 2900 block of Arlington Road in Akron, according to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service. He was found with a woman who was detained for her possible involvement in the escape and harboring of the fugitives.

The woman, who is believed to be the girlfriend of Steven A. Carpenter, the other escaped inmate, is believed to have picked up the pair after the escape, according to the Lorain County Sheriff's Office. She has been charged with complicity to escape, a fifth-degree felony.

Carpenter was arrested in Wadsworth near the corner of Main Street and E. Bergy by the North Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force and Wadsworth Police. Lorain County Sheriff's Office officials say a business owner alerted Wadsworth Police that he had just left the establishment on foot.

Brooks, Carpenter and Carpenter's alleged girlfriend are being held with no bond and will appear at the Elyria Municipal Court on Monday.

At around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, deputies were dispatched to the facility located on Murray Ridge Road, according to a news release from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office. An investigation revealed the inmates were able to break a window and escape.

Carpenter was incarcerated for burglary and Brooks was incarcerated for possession of drugs.

Watch our report from earlier this week below:

2 inmates escape from correctional facility in Elyria

RELATED: 2 inmates escape from Lorain/Medina Community Based Correctional Facility Wednesday night

Editor's Note: A previous version of the U.S. Marshal's Office news release provided to News 5 incorrectly stated that Carpenter was arrested at a hotel in Akron and Brooks was arrested in Wadsworth. An updated release sent by U.S. Marshal's correctly states Carpenter was arrested in Wadsworth and Brooks was arrested in Akron. Our story has been updated to refect the corrected information.

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