Escaped inmate taken back into custody in Cleveland area

Escaped inmate taken back into custody in Cleveland area
Jonathan Luton, 35, of Lakewood

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland Police confirmed 35-year-old Johnathan Luton was taken back into custody without incident on Thursday.

Members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force was led by the United States Marshal’s Service.

According to police, Luton was being transported to Northcoast Behavioral Facility by a North Coast ambulance when he escaped the vehicle near East 30th and Chester Avenue on Monday evening.

Luton was wearing a hospital gown.

Cleveland police and US Marshals are searching for the escaped inmate.

He was arrested on April 13, after allegedly breaking into a home at the 7700 block of Irvington Terrace.

The victim told police Luton was at the house earlier but had returned with an ax, using the weapon to gain entry into the home.

According to police, Luton starting swinging the ax causing damage to the home but the victim and a witness were able to bring Luton to the ground, keeping him there until officers arrived.

Following the arrest, the 35-year-old man was taken to University Hospitals for a psychiatric evaluation.

He was set to be arraigned Thursday morning in Cleveland Municipal Court.

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