Authorities hold news conference after escaped prisoner captured in Ashland

The prisoner has been identified as Said Ali El-Khatib.

Authorities hold news conference after escaped prisoner captured in Ashland
Photo by: Wayne County Sheriff's Department

Author: WKYC Staff | Published: 10:11 PM EDT April 12, 2019 | Updated: 10:36 AM EDT April 14, 2019

ASHLAND, Ohio – An out-of-state prisoner who escaped custody during transport Friday night was captured again in Ashland Sunday morning.

The prisoner was identified as Said Ali El-Khatib, who is in his early 30s.

Authorities held a press conference with more information around 10 a.m.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s office says the escape happened on Interstate 71 near West Salem at mile marker 197, sparking a manhunt across the area.

Troopers received a tip that El-Khatib was spotted at a Motel 6 off I-71 in Ashland. When they arrived, he fled the lobby and was soon captured as he hid beneath a pine tree in the parking lot.

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Posted by Wayne County Sheriff on Friday, April 12, 2019

Those who live in that area were asked to keep their cars locked and remove the keys.

It is unclear what El-Khatib is in custody for, although Wayne County Sheriff’s officials believe he may be facing auto theft charges from New York. They added that El-Khatib was being transported by a private transport company. He has no connections to this area and was being moved from one state to another.

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