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Perry County juvenile inmate chokes adult, steals vehicle

NEW LEXINGTON – A 17-year-old inmate at the Perry Multi-County Juvenile Detention Facility was arrested in Newark after choking a facility staff member and stealing a facility vehicle.

The inmate, whose name has not been released by authorities, was being driven back to the facility Monday after a doctor’s appointment in Zanesville, according to a press release from the Perry County Sheriff’s Office.

As they traveled across Tunnel Hill Road near Melon Hill Road, the inmate began choking the staff member and ordered them to stop the vehicle, the release stated. The inmate demanded the vehicle keys from the staff member as well as the staff member’s cell phone.

The staff member complied with the demands, and the inmate sped off, leaving the staff member standing on Tunnel Hill Road.

Perry County Sheriff William Barker could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Perry County sheriff’s deputies later learned the inmate fled to the Newark area, the release stated, and Newark police were dispatched to a business on West Main Street. There authorities found and arrested the inmate and recovered the vehicle. The inmate was transported to the Tri-County Juvenile Detention Facility in Lancaster on felony charges.

The inmate was charged with aggravated robbery, grand theft of a motor vehicle, felony escape and tampering with evidence. Perry County Prosecutor Joseph Flautt filed a motion in the Perry County Juvenile Court for the inmate to be tried as an adult.

Flautt said a hearing has not yet been scheduled to address the motion. He would not release the name of the 17-year-old or any other details about the case.

The staff member who was assaulted did not sustain any serious injuries.

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Article source: http://www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com/story/news/local/2017/08/17/perry-county-juvenile-inmate-chokes-adult-steals-vehicle/577424001/