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Inmate escapes just before release

December 01, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Jason Paul Schrock could have been home by Christmas, but early Monday the Franklin County Prison inmate ran from a corrections officer while at Chambersburg Hospital, officials said.

Borough police said Schrock, 18, of 305 Northfield Ave., Waynesboro, Pa., escaped at 12:52 a.m. from the hospital at 112 N. Seventh St.

The prisoner, who was handcuffed, managed to elude police who searched the area and was still missing late Monday afternoon.

"He had sustained some injuries in an altercation with another inmate," Warden Raymond Rosenberry said of the reason for the hospital visit.

Rosenberry said he was not seriously injured and was leaving the hospital after treatment.

"As soon as he exited the hospital he ran, and the officer couldn't catch up with him," Rosenberry said.

He said Schrock, who had been approved for work release, was wearing street clothes instead of an orange prison jumpsuit.

Schrock was sentenced on Nov. 25 on two counts of simple assault. In one case he was charged with assaulting an 18-year-old Greencastle, Pa., man on Nov. 2, 1997.

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The other case involved an assault on a juvenile in Waynesboro on Jan. 2 of this year.

On the first count, Judge Richard J. Walsh sentenced Schrock to from 188 days to 23 months in the county jail and paroled him with credit for time served. In the second, he was placed on probation for two years but was ordered to spend 30 days in jail commencing last Wednesday.

Police said Schrock is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and 150 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He has numerous tattoos, according to the description.

Schrock had 25 days left on his simple assault sentence but could spend years behind bars for his escape. According to Assistant District Attorney Angela Krom, escape carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

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