Officer: Escaped Ohio Inmate Demanded Pizza


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A police negotiator in Ohio says an escaped inmate agreed to free a hostage in exchange for a pizza.

Sgt. Mark Cartwright said in Columbus federal court Monday that police gave Billy Jack Fitzmorris a pepperoni and ham pizza. Fitzmorris is accused of robbing two banks and holding a woman hostage at a house in suburban Hilliard last year. Another woman had gotten away through a window.

Police say Fitzmorris gave up about two hours later.

Authorities say a daylong crime spree began in Youngstown when the prison inmate escaped while being treated at a hospital. Fitzmorris is accused of driving a carjacked vehicle to the Columbus area and robbing the banks.

He could get life in prison if convicted.