Ohio Prison Escape dumpster

Mugshots for Bradley Gillespie (left) and James Lee (right). (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction)

Following an investigation that revealed two inmates had escaped by concealing themselves in a dumpster, four prison officials from Ohio have been placed on leave.

The escape took place at the Allen/Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, Ohio.

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The two inmates involved in the incident are identified as Bradley Gillespie, aged 50, and James Lee, aged 47.

The discovery of the inmates’ escape took place more than 24 hours after they went missing, despite multiple head counts conducted at the prison during that time.

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said the two escaped by “concealing themselves in a dumpster.”

The following prison officials were placed on administrative leave:

  • Carl Bendross, Major
  • Tre’mon Glenn-Crawford, Correction Officer
  • Lain Patterson, Correction Officer
  • Taylor Robey, Correction Officer

An internal investigation is ongoing, ODRC said.

Bradley Gillespie was convicted of murder in Paulding County, while James Lee was convicted of burglary, breaking and entering, and safecracking in Allen and Auglaize Counties.

On Wednesday morning, the Henderson Police Department in Kentucky discovered a stolen vehicle that they believed was being occupied by Gillespie and Lee. A traffic stop was attempted, but the vehicle tried to flee.

Following a pursuit, the car crashed, and both occupants fled on foot. Lee was subsequently apprehended by the police, while Gillespie remains at large.