Pa. escapee found in ceiling of home

December 02, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Franklin County Prison inmate who ran away from a corrections officer Monday morning was found hiding in the ceiling of a borough apartment Tuesday morning, Chambersburg police reported.

Jason P. Schrock, 18, of 305 Northfield Ave., Waynesboro, Pa., was hiding above a suspended ceiling in a first-floor apartment at 62 Lincoln Way West. Acting on a tip, borough and Pennsylvania State Police went to the house at about 10 a.m., according to the report.

"He was physically extracted from the ceiling area," Detective Sgt. Dianne Kelso said of the arrest. She added he did not put up a struggle and was not hurt during the arrest.

Schrock, who had been serving a 30-day sentence, was returned to the county prison and will probably be arraigned before a district justice today, Kelso said. She said the police had a warrant for his arrest on a third-degree felony charge of escape, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison.


Kelso said there were several other people in the apartment who were being interviewed by borough and state police. Tuesday afternoon she said her department had not charged anyone with harboring Schrock or hindering his apprehension.

She said charges could possibly be filed against individuals by state police as a result of the joint investigation.

The escape occurred shortly before 1 a.m. Monday as Schrock and a prison guard were leaving Chambersburg Hospital, where the inmate had been taken for treatment of minor injuries he received in a fight with another prisoner.

When he and the guard left the hospital, Schrock, who was handcuffed, ran away, police said.

Kelso said Schrock was out of the handcuffs when he was found, but they were recovered.

The escape came just five days after Schrock was sentenced on two counts of simple assault and 25 days before he was scheduled to be released from jail.

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