Escaped Richland County Jail Inmate Arrested In Alabama

  • 9/19/2018 9:17:58 AM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - An inmate that escaped custody earlier this month has been arrested in Huntsville, Alabama.

Richland County Sheriff's Major Joe Masi confirmed with WMFD Wednesday morning that Cornelius J. Phillips has been arrested in Huntsville, Alabama Tuesday evening with his accomplice, Dasia Crutcher, by the United States Marshals Service. 

The Richland County Sheriff's Office issued nationwide warrants for Phillips for escape, a second-degree felony, Dasia Crutcher and Checkiah E. Washington Jr. for Escape/Complicity, a second-degree felony. 

Washington was arrested on September 10th and is being held in the Richland County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond. 

A search warrant was executed by U.S Marshals at a residence in Huntsville. Phillips and Crutcher were arrested without incident and will be returned to the Richland County Jail. 

Two correctional officers and a correctional sergeant remain on administrative leave over the incident as the Richland County Sheriff's Office continues their internal investigation. 

A pre-disciplinary hearing is scheduled for September 24th.  

22-year-old Cornelius J. Phillips had escaped the Richland County Jail on an improper release by posing as another inmate around 5:30 PM on September 4th..

According to a statement from the Richland County Sheriff's Office in early September, surveillance video showed Phillips leaving the jail facility, heading south. He was then seen on more surveillance footage from a nearby building, establishing that Phillips had been picked up by an individual driving a blue Hyundai Sonata..

Phillips was originally arrested and incarcerated on August 29th, 2018 on charges of Possession of Drugs, Expired Operator's License, Endangering Children, and Falsification.

Phillips is described as 5'9", weighing 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. 


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