Escaped Inmate Captured In Ashland

  • 4/14/2019 11:04:05 AM
  • Joe Lyons
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH- Escaped inmate Said Ali El-Khatib was found and captured Sunday, April 14 in Ashland County.

During a press conference, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said that at approximately 5 a.m. on Sunday a 911 caller reported seeing a man matching El-Khatib's description at the Goasis gas station near Interstate -71 and U.S. 250.  Law enforcement then searched the perimeter around the gas station.

When officers approached a man in the parking lot of the Motel 6 at 1423 Montgomery Road in Ashland, he said that a man matching El-Khatib's description was in the lobby of the Motel 6.  When officers responded to the lobby a foot pursuit of the suspect began.

El-Khatib hid outside of the Goasis gas station among an area of trees.  Law enforcement then located and arrested him.  He is currently at the Ashland County Jail.  He was found approximately 13 miles from where he escaped.

The U.S. Marshals Services, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Ashland County Sheriff's Office, and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office all helped in the search for El-Katib.

El-Khatib escaped from custody on Friday night while during transport.  According to a press release from the U.S. Marshals Service, El-Khatib was being transported on a private transport vehicle that was passing through Wayne County on its way to Indiana.  When the vehicle stopped at a rest area on I-71 near the 198-mile marker, the prisoner, 33-year-old Said El-Khatib, seized an opportunity to escape custody and ran into the woods near the highway. 

El-Khatib was being transported from New York to Indiana after a larceny arrest.  He also has a warrant from the Ashland Police Department for larceny and has been wanted since 2014.

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