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Escapee from Bedford Heights jail caught

Escapee from Bedford Heights jail caught

(Bedford Heights) -- Police are investigating Monday morning's brief escape of an inmate from the Bedford Heights jail, who was captured only an hour after he got out.

Bedford Heights police chief Michael Marotta tells WTAM 1100 that at about 6:15 Monday morning, 21-year-old inmate Perry Johnson of Cleveland overpowered a female corrections during breakfast, then ran out a side door of the jail.

Tracking dogs were used to help determine that Johnson ran into a wooded area near a school, about 300 yards from the jail. Once Johnson was found about 7:15 a.m., he surrendered without incident and was returned to the Bedford Heights jail.

Johnson was being held at the Bedford Heights jail for the U.S. Marshal's service. U.S. Marshal Pete Elliot says Johnson is awaiting trial for bank robbery.

Chief Marotta says the corrections guard was taken to the Bedford Medical Center for treatment, and that a full investigation is underway as to how Johnson was able to break free.

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