Escaped Auglaize County inmate recaptured

WAPAKONETA — After an exhaustive search aided by numerous law enforcement agencies throughout the region, an escaped inmate from the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Corrections Center is back in custody thanks to the watchful eye of area residents.

According to a release from the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office, Brendan D. Reed, 30, was captured without incident in St. Marys and was back in custody as of 8:45 a.m. Sunday. Reed had escaped from the jail at around 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Officers were able to capture Reed after receiving a call from a resident just east of St. Marys, according to the release. The caller had spotted a man wearing a yellow jumpsuit in a neighbor’s back yard. Officers from the St. Marys Police Department responded along with sheriff’s deputies and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. K-9 units were also delpoyed.

Several minutes later, law enforcement received another call saying that a man in a yellow jumpsuit had been seen walking near the railroad tracks in St. Marys. Units responded and were able to locate Reed and take him into custody without further incident, according tot he release.

“This is a perfect example of neighbors looking out for neighbors, calling immediately to notify law enforcement,” the release read.

Originally incarcerated on a drug violation charge, Reed was able for more than a day to elude an ongoing search conducted by the sheriff’s office with assistance from the Wapakoneta, Waynesfield, New Bremen, New Knoxville, St. Marys Botkins and Portland police departments, the Shelby, Darke and Jay County sheriff’s offices, the Ohio State Highway Patrol aviation unit, the Grand Lake and Safe Streets task forces and the Auglaize County EMA, along with that agency’s K-9 and drone units. The sheriff’s office expressed gratitude to all agencies involved, the release said.