Escaped inmate with ties to Darke County captured


WAPOKENTA — On Saturday, May 13, the Auglaize County Sheriff s Office announced it was investigating an inmate that escaped from the Auglaize County Corrections Center. On Sunday afternoon announced the capture of Brendan D. Reed at 8:25 a.m.

Reed is believed to have forced open a locked door and fled from the Corrections Center. When he allegedly escaped he was wearing a bright yellow jumpsuit and orange flip flops.

The Sheriffs Office received a call from a resident just east of St. Marys advising they saw a male in a yellow jumpsuit in their neighbor’s backyard. St. Marys Police responded along with units from the Sheriff s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. K-9 Units were deployed to the area. Several minutes later, another call was received that a male wearing a yellow jumpsuit was seen walking near the railroad tracks in St. Marys. Units responded and located Inmate Reed. He was taken into custody without further incident.

The Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office had informed area law enforcement agencies, including Darke County because he had ties to the county. He also had ties to Portland, Ind.

In their statement, the sheriff’s office said, “This is a perfect example of neighbors looking out for neighbors and calling immediately to notify law enforcement and ‘see something, say something.’”

Reed was originally incarcerated on a drug violation.

The Auglaize County Sheriff s Office expresses appreciation to all involved that assisted in the search and investigation.

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