There’s a nationwide manhunt for Ohio rape suspect who overpowered a sheriff’s deputy in a transport van and stole his gun and ammunition.
Reports are that suspect, Branden Powell, while in the transport vehicle, tried to choke out the officer, acquiring his gun in the process.
I am not sure whether this incident happened due to lack of funding or what but why wasn’t the van not equipped with a partition separating the transport officer from the suspect. This agency is lucky this officer was not killed. Prayers he is caught soon before any more violence ensues.
Source: Fox News
Paulding County Sheriff Jason Landers said Saturday that FBI agents and U.S. Marshals have joined the search for Branden Powell, 32, after his escape around noon Friday on an 80-mile trip from a psychiatric hospital in Toledo to the Paulding County Jail in northwest Ohio.
Powell is wearing light colored clothing and has dark hair and a stubbled beard, WFFT reported.
According to Landers, Powell was in leg shackles and in handcuffs secured to a belly belt when he jumped over the seat and put the deputy in a headlock, causing the van to crash into a ditch.
Powell managed to get the deputy’s gun during a struggle and ordered the deputy at gunpoint to remove his restraints.
Powell then handcuffed the deputy to the steering wheel and disabled the van’s police radio and engine before fleeing with the deputy’s wallet, cellphone, gun and 30 rounds of ammunition, Landers said.
What in the natural hell? When did guidelines change to one officer transporting a felon alone? I thought they worked in pairs? As I stated before, transporting a felon alone in a vehicle with no cage, that is suspect to me and should be to you also. What type of operation are you running? I am glad the deputy survived.
FBI agents and U.S. Marshals have joined the search for 32-year-old Branden Powell after his escape around noon… https://t.co/wEsv2s9d9i
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This undated image provide by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office shows Branden Powell. Authorities say a manhunt… https://t.co/KHCbVRfiLY
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