December 21, 2014

Elyria
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Handcuffed man in ripped hospital gown captured after fleeing police

ELYRIA — Clad in a ripped hospital gown, a handcuffed Lorain man is accused of fleeing police around 7 a.m. Saturday.

Brandon Owens ran from a police cruiser in the Police Department parking lot at 18 West Ave., where he had been taken from EMH Elyria Medical Center. Owens was wanted on a domestic violence warrant.

The hospital said Owens had pins in his wrist and he complained that the cuffs were hurting his wrist, according to a police report. Police cuffed Owens with Owens’ wrists in front of him rather than behind him, and Owens, who had been anxious, calmed down. When an officer opened the cruiser door, Owens bolted with an officer grabbing the gown.

The gown ripped in two and Owens escaped wearing less than half of it, according to the report.

Owens ran into the woods and twice crossed the Black River before being caught near his mother’s house on Furnace Street, the report said.

Owens, 21, of the 1700 block of Euclid Avenue, was charged with escape, resisting arrest and obstructing official business. Owens, due in Elyria Municipal Court today, was being held without bond at the Lorain County Jail on Sunday.