Ohio prisoner overpowers deputy, escapes custody
PAULDING, Ohio - Authorities say a manhunt is underway for an Ohio rape suspect who overpowered a sheriff's deputy in a transport van and stole his gun and ammunition.
Paulding County Sheriff Jason Landers says FBI agents and U.S. Marshals have joined the search for 32-year-old Branden Powell. The incident happened around noon Friday on an 80-mile (129-kilometer) trip from a Toledo psychiatric hospital to Paulding County Jail.
Landers says Powell was in leg shackles and handcuffs secured to a "belly belt" when he jumped over the seat and put the deputy in a headlock, causing the van to crash. Powell grabbed the deputy's gun during a struggle and ordered him to remove the restraints.
Powell was jailed last month on rape, attempted rape and sexual battery charges.
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