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.