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Inmate headed to court escapes


ELYRIA — A handcuffed Lorain/Medina Community Based Correctional Facility inmate ran away Friday as he was being escorted to the Lorain County Justice Center for a court appearance.

Facility Director Mike Willets said Javonte Adams, 21, did not want to go into the building, where court records show he was due to appear for pretrials on burglary charges. The escape happened at 8:51 a.m., according to authorities.

Sheriff’s Lt. Donald Barker said Adams began backing away from Brian Volbert, the facility worker who was escorting him outside of the old Lorain County Courthouse in downtown Elyria. He also allegedly asked Volbert to remove the handcuffs.

“He said, ‘I’m not going back,’ and off he scooted,” Willets said, adding that CBCF employees are not armed.

Adams went down the alley next to the Lorain County Administration Building and was last seen near The Chronicle-Telegram’s offices on East Avenue.

Don Nickerson said Volbert followed procedures and tried to call to report Adams’ escape. When he couldn’t reach his supervisors, he drove back to the facility and reported what happened. Deputies were then contacted.

Barker said the Justice Center was briefly locked down because of confusion over from where Adams was reported to have escaped.

Willets said Adams, who was sentenced to the facility in March in separate receiving stolen property cases, had had disciplinary issues while at the facility, which focuses on rehabilitating low-level offenders.

Jenifer Berki, Adams’ lawyer, said she was surprised to learn of the allegations that her client had fled custody. She said she had hoped to reach a deal with prosecutors in which he would serve time on the burglary cases at the same time he was being held at the facility.

Willets said Adams’ decision to run will draw a felony escape charge and lead to his expulsion from the facility.

“We’re going to fill his bed with somebody who wants to be here,” he said.

Adams was last seen wearing a black coat, white shirt, blue jeans and handcuffs.

As of 10 p.m. Friday, Adams had not been captured. Calls to Willets went directly to voicemail. The officer who answered the phone at the facility stated he was not allowed to give any information regarding the case.

A law enforcement officer with the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office reported Adams was not in the Lorain County Jail.

Reporter Melissa Linebrink contributed to this story.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.

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