Two inmates captured after escaping from Lancaster jail

Matthew Scurlock(Right) and John Richards (Left) booking photos (Fairfield County Sheriff's Office)

LANCASTER, Ohio (WCMH)– The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office says two inmates escaped from the jail at 221 E. Main Street in Lancaster.

According to a release from the department, the inmates escaped shortly after 10:15 pm Tuesday.

They were being housed together in the booking area at the time. Deputies think they may have compromised the lock on the door of their holding cell.

One man, identified as John H. Richards, was captured by the Lancaster Police Department at 10:45 pm near the corner of S. Maple Street and Canal Street.

The other man, identified as Matthew D. Scurlock, was caught shortly before 3 am by SWAT and Lancaster Police officers. He was taken into custody without incident after officers found him hiding under a tractor at his mother-in-law’s house. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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