UPDATED: 10:18PM – 8-7-17

Courtesy Paulding Progressive —

BREAKING NEWS – Approx. 9:25pm Law enforcement officers have the road blocked at the intersection of Road 73 and Road 424. Police were unable to update us at this time.
According to numerous unconfirmed reports, law enforcement officers have Branden Powell surrounded in a farm field or a house in the vicinity of Forder’s Bridge, northwest of Cecil.

 

UPDATED – 940 PM – 8-4-17

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Residents in Paulding County are still on edge as Antwerp’s Brandon Powell is still free after escaping from the Sheriff’s Department early Friday (8-4-17) afternoon.

Powell was returning from  the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital in Toledo when he managed to jump the Deputy and force the vehicle crash.

Powell was jailed July 8 on a felony rape charge, while in jail he became suicidal.

A $2,000 reward is being offered for his capture, as numerous law enforcement officials from around the State, plus the FBI and US Marshal search for Powell.

 


Brandon Powell

(8-4-17) Paulding County Sheriff Jason Landers said Friday that authorities are searching a rural part of the county for 32-year-old Brandon Powell of Antwerp.  Powell forced transport deputy Robert Miller to crash his vehicle around noon Friday during a trip from the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital in Toledo to the Paulding County Jail and escaped on foot. Powell was jailed July 8 on a felony rape charge, while in jail he became suicidal.

courtesy WANE TV You Tube video—

While shackled and handuffed Powell managed to work his way up to Miller and placed him in a headlock and crashed the transportation vehicle in to a ditch.

Powell would take the officer’s  gun and the handcuff key and then forced Miller to handcuff himself. He would escape at the intersection of Roads 133 and 176.

Powell has a 40-caliber pistol and two extra magazines, 30 total rounds of ammunition. The sheriff said he should be considered armed and “very dangerous”  and urged residents to lock their doors and be aware of any unusual occurences.

Powell was wearing blue jeans, a dingy white and brown t shirt, a brown sweatshirt, and wearing white tennis shoes. He is approximately 6 feet tall and 155 pounds.

A massive manhunt is presently underway.

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