Allen County inmate’s bid for freedom was short-lived



LIMA — An inmate at the Allen County jail made a mad dash for freedom Thursday.

It lasted for about two blocks.

According to a report from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, 39-year-old James Marion Jr. of Lima had been returned to the sallyport area of the jail following an appearance in Lima Municipal Court. When being removed from the transport van to be walked into the jail Marion began to flee from the transport officer.

The officer and a corrections officer gave chase and ordered Marion to stop multiple times, but he ignored all commands, according to the report. Marion ran eastbound on West Wayne Street and was apprehended in the 100 block of East Wayne Street and transported back to the jail with no further incident.

Marion’s appearance in municipal court Thursday was on a charge of felonious assault with a deadly weapon. He will appear again for a preliminary hearing on July 7. Additional charges are expected as a result of his escape attempt.


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