Escaped inmate back behind bars

STEUBENVILLE — An escaped inmate from the Harrison County Jail is back behind bars after being on the run for two weeks.

Jason Groff, 32, was apprehended Saturday by deputies from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.

He allegedly escaped from the jail June 8 and is now facing additional charges.

Groff was originally arrested and taken to jail after he failed to report to the probation department following a February conviction of aggravated possession of drugs.

According to Harrison County Sheriff Ronald “Joe” Myers, Groff escaped from the jail around 10 p.m. June 8. Myers said inmates called the corrections officer on duty to come inside regarding a water leak in the back of the facility. Myers said when the corrections officer went right, Groff went left — slipping out a door and proceeding through an open gate. The corrections officer and a trusty had just finished taking the trash out and had left the door slightly ajar.

Groff now faces escape, failure to appear and probation violation charges.

In addition, Myers noted a Cadiz Water Department truck went missing on following the escape.

He said it is possible there is a connection between Groff and the missing truck.


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