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Lorain escapee Robert Beane III recaptured after crashing car, fleeing with 10-month-old son (UPDATED)

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    Robert Beane III


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    Photo of Robert Beane Jr., child that was abducted by the father, Robert Beane III.



8 p.m. UPDATE: According to US Marshal Peter Elliott, Robert Beane III was recaptured around 6:30 p.m. after being found hiding in a tent off Washington Road, north of Taylor Road in Richland County. The baby, 10-month-old Robert Beane Jr. was recovered unharmed and taken to OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.

Elliott said Beane will face a “slew” of charges, pending further inter-agency investigation.

7 p.m. UPDATE: Mansfield Police confirm the recapture of Robert Beane III. The condition of the suspect or the child are unknown. 

5 p.m. UPDATE: Shelby Police Chief Lance Combs said law enforcement are still searching the area in an undisclosed perimeter around where the crash occurred earlier this afternoon. He said the U.S. Marshals service has now offered a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to Beane’s capture.

He corrected a previous statement, which said an officer saw Beane flee the vehicle with his son. Once the officer reached the vehicle after the crash, the car was empty and a bystander told the officer Beane had taken the child and ran. Combs said there will be another press conference at 6 p.m., “hopefully with better news.”

4 p.m. UPDATE: At a press conference shortly after 3:30 p.m., Shelby police Chief Lance Combs said Beane crashed his car in Mansfield after a police chase involving the Mansfield Police Department, the Ohio Highway Patrol and the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.

He said the crash occurred on Mansfield-Lucas Road around 1:45 p.m. and Beane fled on foot with his 10-month-old son, Robert Beane Jr., into a wooded area.

Combs said the pair had been confined inside a perimeter inside that wooded area and there would be another press conference around 5 p.m.

2:45 p.m. UPDATE: Lorain police Lt. Michael Failing said Robert Beane III had been located in the Mansfield area after crashing his car. Failing said after Beane crashed the vehicle, “he took off with the child.

LORAIN -- An Amber Alert has been issued for an Elyria man who walked away from a medical furlough and was involved in a domestic violence incident this morning.

The alert asks people to be on the lookout for Robert Beane III, 27, of Elyria, and his 10-month-old son. Beane is believed to be driving a 2018 Chevrolet Camaro with the license plate HAQ8308. The Camaro, which had been rented from Avis at Cleveland Hopkins Airport, was reported stolen this morning in Elyria while parked outside a home on Oak Street.

Beane walked away from custody during a medical furlough, granted July 5 by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Raymond Ewers, and was believed to be involved in an assault this morning on the mother of the 10-month-old.

Around 5:25 a.m. today, Lorain police were called to the 900 block of Central Drive and found a woman who had been beaten.

The woman had returned an apartment after an evening out and encountered Beane, with whom she’d shared an Elyria address. Beane argued with the woman, who had a protection order against him, and witnesses told police he struck her with a handgun and stomped her before driving off.

The woman was treated at the scene but refused transport to a local hospital. The report says police plan to charge Beane with domestic violence and violation of a protection order.

Beane was arrested June 29 following a secret indictment on charges of kidnapping, aggravated robbery, felonious assault, having weapons while under disability and theft. Many of the counts also contained firearms and repeat violent offender specifications.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Lorain police at 440-204-2100.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A previous version of this story erroneously stated what day Robert Beane was arrested on a secret indictment.

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