Police: STOP Program escapee caught minutes after he ran from work detail

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

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New charges added for STOP program escapee

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

A man Dayton police said escaped from the STOP Program on Thursday is in jail on a charge accusing him of violating probation.

Justin Rowland, 25, was identified as the person wearing an orange jumpsuit worn by jail or prison inmates who was seen running toward Fifth Third Field about 2 p.m., according to a police incident report.

Montgomery County Regional Dispatch officers notified the Montgomery County Jail to see if there had been any escapees. Jailers indicated they were alerted about an escapee from the county drug and alcohol treatment program, which had inmates working at the DECA Middle School, 110 N. Patterson Blvd.

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The suspect was seen heading toward the bike path along the Great Miami River when police found him between Keowee and Findlay streets about 15 minutes after he had run off, according to the report.

Once the officers confirmed the man was Rowland, who was a part of the work detail, they took him into custody.

Justin Rowland, 25
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Justin Rowland, 25

He was booked into jail on a probation violation stemming from criminal cases involving robbery and aggravated drug possession.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is handling the investigation involving the escape.

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