Police have warned the public to stay away from a “dangerous” convicted killer who is missing after escaping prison on Monday. Bradley Gillespie, 50, ran away from the Allen/Oakwood Correctional Institution (AOCI) in Lima, Ohio with James Lee, 47.
Gillespie was convicted of the murder of Hannah Fischer, 21, and her boyfriend Frank Tracy Jr, 47, in September 2016.
Lee, who was found guilty of safecracking and burgling, was caught in Henderson, Kentucky yesterday (May 24) morning, but Gillespie remains at large.
The convicted murder received two consecutive 15-year-to-life terms for shooting the couple brutally in the head. The local public has been warned to keep their doors locked and to not approach Gillespie, as he is considered dangerous.
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The United States Marshals Service Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) confirmed that a $21,000 reward for information that led to capture of one or both of the men, The Mirror reports. The force was investigating along with “multiple” other agencies according to the Henderson Police Department.
Police said earlier today that Lee and Gillespie crashed a stolen car before Gillespie managed to out-run the force on foot. Police said: “At 3:16 this morning, the Henderson Police Department observed a stolen vehicle believed to be occupied by two escaped inmates out of Ohio.
“Officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and it attempted to flee.
“Officers pursued the vehicle until it wrecked on Camaro Drive where the two occupants fled on foot.
“James Marion Lee was arrested. The other suspect, Bradley Gillespie, has not been apprehended.”
It continued: “Bradley Gillespie’s charges include murder, breaking and entering, theft, assault, possession of drugs, escape, forgery, receiving stolen property, weapons offenses, and burglary.
“We currently have a perimeter set up in the area of Camaro Drive and we are using resources we have to locate Bradley Gillespie.
“We encourage the community to be vigilant, keep their doors locked, and contact 911 if you have any information about his location.”
The Ohio Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (ODCR) and confirmed the escape and said the two were discovered missing during a prisoner count.
In a statement, the ODCR said: During the course of the investigation, prison officials determined Gillespie and Lee were last observed on surveillance video inside the facility at 8.41am on May 22.”
The correctional institute also confirmed the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) was investigating.