Escaped Trumbull County inmate found

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Trumbull County Jail inmate who escaped from a Warren hospital Friday is back in custody.

Warren police say Richard Harker, 33, walked away from St. Joseph Health Center Friday afternoon.

A hospital spokeswoman said Harker was brought into the emergency room from the jail at 10:30 a.m. Hospital staff checked on him at 2:38 p.m. and he was still there. But when they checked on him at 2:50 p.m., he was gone, the spokeswoman said.

Warren police were notified about 3:30 p.m.

The hospital spokeswoman said when a patient is brought in with a police hold, such as an inmate, hospital security recommends that an officer stay with the patient at all times. She said she could not confirm if that occurred.

Jail officials said he was found sometime overnight.

Harker originally was arrested on domestic violence and theft charges from Warren, two counts of theft from Niles and one count of theft from Girard. He is now also facing a misdemeanor charge of escape and is due back in court on Monday.

Weathersfield police lead the search since their agency arrested him, but Warren assisted because the hospital is in their jurisdiction.

When asked if Harker was considered dangerous, Warren police said, “Anybody can be dangerous at any given point in time.”

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