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Medina County Jail inmate back in custody after walking off during medical furlough

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    Authorities who are looking for a Medina County Jail inmate who failed to return to the jail Sunday night following a medical furlough are parked along state Route 18 across from Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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MEDINA — An inmate from the Medina County Jail is back in custody after failing to return to jail following a medical furlough, sheriff’s Chief Deputy Ken Baca said.

Baca said it is likely the inmate, identified this morning as Joshua Bragg, will face an escape charge as a result of the incident.

“This individual was furloughed for medical reasons to the hospital, so he wasn’t under the custody of the sheriff’s office or any other law enforcement agency, and he just decided to walk off and leave,” Baca said tonight. “It is my understanding he was being transported from Medina Cleveland Clinic to Akron General and decided he wasn’t going to go and got off the gurney in the squad and took off through the woods.”

Authorities searched in the areas of Woodland Avenue and Weymouth and Foote roads Sunday. Details of Bragg’s recapture were not revealed Monday morning.

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