GREENSBURG, Pa. — An escaped inmate from Ohio who was spotted twice Sunday in Westmoreland County was arrested early Monday morning in North Carolina, authorities said.
The Gallia County Sheriff's Office said Christopher Clemente, 24, was among a group of four inmates who escaped from the Gallia County Jail in Ohio after overpowering two female corrections officers.
Clemente and two of the other escapees were taken into custody about 2 a.m. Monday in Cary, North Carolina, Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin said.
Officials said a tip led police to a Red Roof Inn, where the three inmates were found in a car in the parking lot.
By Monday afternoon, all four of the inmates were in custody, according to law enforcement. The last man was arrested in Durham, North Carolina.
The inmates escaped from the jail early Sunday morning, using a homemade weapon to overpower the corrections officers, investigators said. They then forced open a secure door, entered the jail's administrative wing and stole keys to a corrections officer's vehicle and drove it about a block away, where another vehicle awaited them, Champlin said.
According to Champlin, authorities believe the four escaped inmates had help from at least one person outside the jail.
"Our jail was outdated and insufficient to meet the needs of the criminals and the types of criminals that we are currently housing," Champlin said.
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Police said the next known sighting of Clemente was at 7:15 a.m. Sunday at a Sheetz in New Alexandria, Westmoreland County. He was then seen about 11 a.m. at Westmoreland Mall, police said.
Westmoreland Mall was evacuated while authorities searched for Clemente. Shoppers were allowed back into the mall about 3 p.m.
Before Clemente was arrested in North Carolina, the Greensburg Salem School District on Sunday issued a two-hour delay for Monday.
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