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  • Olivesburg General Store in Ashland where James David Myers was apprehended Thursday.
  • Olivesburg General Store in Ashland where James David Myers was apprehended Thursday.
  • Olivesburg General Store in Ashland where James David Myers was apprehended Thursday.

MANSFIELD -- An inmate who escaped from the Mansfield Correctional Institution was captured Thursday evening.

Authorities say an inmate who slipped away from a north-central Ohio prison where he was incarcerated for kidnapping, rape and other crimes has been captured at a general store less than 10 miles from where he escaped.

Officials say James David Myers was recognized when he walked into the Olivesburg General Store in Ashland on Thursday evening.

Authorities say people in the store -- most notably a man dressed in an American flag shirt -- subdued, tied up and held Myers until members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol arrived and took him into custody at about 6:40 p.m.

The store is located just over 8 miles northeast from the prison on State Route 545.

Authorities didn't immediately released additional details about the capture. They say Myers was returned to the Mansfield Correctional Institution.

Myers, formerly of Mogadore, was found to be missing from the Mansfield facility during a head count on Wednesday night, his 47th birthday.

There was no word on how Myers escaped. Officials didn't immediately release details about his capture.

Myers is serving a sentence for kidnapping, rape counts and aggravated burglary, all with firearm specifications, as well as drug and stalking convictions. He has been designated as a sexually violent predator, according to prison records.

Troopers say they were in contact with the victim and she was provided police protection.

On July 2, 2010, Myers followed the woman, 45, home from a Summit County bar without her knowledge. He broke into her home, but when the woman pointed a gun at him, he overpowered her, took the gun and raped her at gunpoint.

Myers and the victim did not know one another.

Myers continued to stalk the woman in the days after and was even charged with a DUI on July 3, just 100 yards from the victim's home, according to the Summit County Prosecutor's Office.

Myers was arrested on July 9, 2010, convicted on Dec. 3, 2010 and has been incarcerated since Dec. 7, 2010, serving a sentence of 40 years to life in prison. He is eligible for parole after 40 years, according to records.


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