LIMA — A Lima man who failed to return to the Allen County jail following a medical furlough last week was taken into custody Thursday and is facing a variety of criminal charges.
According to a statement issued by the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, Brandon Johns, 31, was booked into the jail on Aug. 31 for a probation violation stemming from a prior forgery conviction.
On Sept. 12, Johns was taken from the jail to Lima Memorial Health System due to a medical issue. He received a medical furlough from Allen County Common Pleas Court after he was admitted to the hospital for care. The furlough required Johns to contact the sheriff’s office immediately upon being discharged from the hospital.
The following day, jail officials contacted the hospital to follow up on Johns’ progress, at which time they were notified he had been discharged earlier that day.
Deputies attempted to find Johns at several locations but were unsuccessful, according to the statement. On Wednesday, Johns was discovered to be a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by the Lima Police Department.
Johns reportedly fled on foot but was eventually apprehended. Following a foot chase, Johns was taken back to the hospital after making another medical complaint. He remained in the custody of deputies at the hospital until he was discharged at approximately 11 a.m. Thursday and returned to jail.
He is facing charges of escape, obstructing official business, resisting arrests, criminal damaging and criminal trespassing, according to the sheriff’s office.