Escaped inmate found in woods near North Baltimore

After nearly 24 hours on the run, an escaped inmate from the Northwest Community Corrections Center, on East Gypsy Lane Road, Bowling Green, has been captured.

Franklin Paul Damon Jr., 39, who is now charged with felony escape, was apprehended at 3:53 p.m. today in a wooded area near Oil Center and Insley roads in southern Wood County.

Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said a search of the woods was conducted by the sheriff’s offices from Wood and Hancock counties, and the North Baltimore and Bowling Green police divisions. The K-9 units from Hancock and Bowling Green were part of the search, along with a drone from the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

Franklin Paul Damon Jr.

Damon was an inmate at the Northwest Community Corrections Center, on East Gypsy Lane Road, following his conviction from the Wood County Court of Common Pleas on a charge of gross sexual imposition.

He reportedly walked away from his work release employer located along South Dixie Highway near Portage, on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at approximately 4:21 pm.

Damon is classified as a Tier 1 sex offender. Wasyslyshyn said there is no evidence of any further crimes being committed by Damon during his escape.

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