Authorities recapture prisoner who escaped at Ohio rest stop

Posted at 5:47 PM, Apr 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-14 10:58:02-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State Highway Patrol says it has recaptured a prisoner who escaped at an interstate rest stop while he was being moved by a private inmate transport company.

Troopers from the Ashland Post found Said Ali El-Khatib early Sunday morning walking near Interstate 71 and US 250. No injuries to officers or the suspect were reported.

The Highway Patrol said Affordable Extradition Service was transporting El-Khatib from the New York Police Department to the Allen County Sheriff in Indiana.

The patrol says the prisoner escaped Friday after asking to use the restroom at the stop along the southbound lanes of I-71.

The patrol says the inmate was handcuffed, had shackles around his waist and an ankle, and is violent.

A message was left at a number for the transport company.