Man accused of escaping in halfway house vehicle after being found in Middletown

Jan. 29—A 42-year-old man accused of escape after fleeing a vehicle from a Warren County community halfway house early Monday morning was found hiding in a dumpster at the Middletown hotel, police say from Middletown.

A police officer was flagged down around 4:20 a.m. in the area of ​​Interstate 75 and Ohio 122 by someone who said he worked for Talbert House and that a man he was transporting had taken his phone and fled on foot, according to the police report.

The suspect, David Johnson, ran west into the woods near Ohio 122 and Union Road, according to a Talbert House employee. He said Johnson was at the facility as part of a parole agreement.

Middletown officers and the K9 unit tracked Johnson to a dumpster located south of the Days Inn parking lot on Commerce Drive, where Johnson was taken into custody. Johnson told officers he threw the cellphone off a bridge, but officers were able to recover it.

After being examined at Kettering Health Middletown, Johnson was booked into the city jail and charged with escape and theft.

Talbert House in Turtle Creek Township. is a community corrections program that is not a locked facility, but clients are supervised and only leave for sanctioned events such as doctor appointments, employment, probation or parole meeting , according to Teri Nau, vice president of community and donor relations. It is considered an AWAL if the person is going on transportation, she said.

“Talbert House is fully cooperating with authorities and we have completed a report. Safety and security is the number one issue for our guests and the community, so we are cooperating with law enforcement,” Nau said.

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