Suspect who deputies say fled from Hamilton County court found, arrested

Found during Middletown drug ring investigation
Posted at 10:54 PM, Jan 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-17 13:18:37-05

CINCINNATI -- Joshua Kash’s alleged escape from the law might not have been elegant, but it was effective -- for a while.

Facing a robbery and abduction charge with jail time attached, he turned tail and ran out of Hamilton County court during a Jan. 12 hearing, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

He remained on the lam for four days and accrued an additional charge of fleeing before the sheriff’s office caught up with him Monday.

At 10:30 p.m., the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook that its fugitive unit had worked with Middletown police to discover Kash’s location and arrest him -- a fact the office was "pleased" to report.

Understandably so -- the reason Kash was able to escape so easily was that none of the sheriff’s staff members were present at the hearing, spokesman Mike Robison said Jan. 13.

"The Judge ordered Joshua Kash to be remanded to jail, and only after the defendant darted out of the courtroom with a head start toward exiting the courthouse were we notified by courtroom staff," Robison said.

Middletown police said they found Kash while investigating a drug trafficking operation at the Riverfront Motel in Middletown.

During a vehicle stop in the parking lot of the hotel, "it was revealed that a back seat passenger was lying about his identity," Middletown police posted on Facebook. "He was identified as Josh Kash."