Saturday, November 01, 2014

Handcuffed man recaptured in Elks Lodge basement after police pursuit, gets new charge

By The Herald Staff | 3/29/2013

A handcuffed suspect was tracked down and apprehended by Ottawa police for a second time late Thursday afternoon after he broke free from officers and escaped on foot.

Ottawa police officers responded to a fight about 4:50 p.m. Thursday in the 1200 block of South Main Street after a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper spotted the altercation and requested officers respond to the scene, Capt. Adam Weingartner, with the Ottawa Police Department, said.

A handcuffed suspect was tracked down and apprehended by Ottawa police for a second time late Thursday afternoon after he broke free from officers and escaped on foot.

Ottawa police officers responded to a fight about 4:50 p.m. Thursday in the 1200 block of South Main Street after a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper spotted the altercation and requested officers respond to the scene, Capt. Adam Weingartner, with the Ottawa Police Department, said.

Zachary Benedict, 26, Ottawa, who was one of three people arrested at the scene, broke free from officers as they were escorting him inside the Franklin County Jail, 305 S. Main St., Ottawa, and fled on foot, Weingartner said.

After police lost sight of the handcuffed Benedict near the corner of Second and Walnut streets, officers from the police department and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office set up a perimeter and began searching the area, Weingartner said.

Officers located Benedict a short time later in the basement of the Elks Lodge, 114 1/2 W. Second St., Ottawa, and he was transported back to jail with an additional charge of escape from custody, Weingartner said.

Benedict originally was arrested at the scene of the altercation on suspicion of furnishing alcohol to a minor, according to a police report. Cody Smith, 19, Princeton, was arrested on suspicion of consuming alcohol underage, the report said.

The third suspect was arrested on a Miami County warrant and transported to Miami County Jail by the highway patrol trooper, Weingartner said. The man’s name was not immediately available.

comments powered by Disqus