Suspect escapes custody in Clermont County
BATAVIA TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WXIX) - A suspect who escaped the custody of Ohio Department of Natural Resources Officers in Clermont County following a traffic stop Tuesday night remains at large, according to an ODNR spokesperson.
Stephanie O’Grady says Natural Resources Officers stopped Christian VanWinkle, 23, of Ripley, Ohio, around 7:45 p.m. at East Fork State Park.
Officers confirmed his identity and took him into custody on outstanding warrants, O’Grady said.
Those warrants on unrelated charges include violation of a protection order, aggravated trespass, criminal damaging, and numerous failures to appear for bench warrants, according to Chief Deputy Chris Stratton with the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.
O’Grady says VanWinkle escaped from the vehicle during transport and ran from the scene.
He was spotted near Mercy Health Clermont Hospital before getting away in a stolen vehicle, O’Grady said.
VanWinkle still has not been found.
In the meantime, the Clermont County Sheriff’s office is investigating a vehicle theft from Papa John’s on Bauer Road.
It was recovered on Park Meadow Drive in East Fork Crossing, processed for evidence and returned to its owner, according to Chief Deputy Stratton.
Stratton says they are investigating the auto theft and have not identified or charged anyone at this time.
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