|07-28-03: Last fugitive caught
|By MARGIE WUEBKER
The Daily Standard
A former Celina man who escaped from a Taylor County, Fla., jail
certainly wasn't expecting company when he stepped into the shower Saturday afternoon.
Brian L. Anderson, 22, who once resided at Jewett Drive, reportedly
offered no resistance when Celina police arrived on the scene to make the arrest,
according to Chief Dave Slusser.
"We had received information and tips from the public ever since
Thursday," he added.
After narrowing possible locations, the police descended on a mobile
home located at 537 Touvelle St., Lot 13, shortly before 2:30 p.m.
nderson was taken to the Mercer County Jail as were an adult male and an adult
female, who reportedly rented the mobile home. A 15-year-old female, also at the location,
was questioned and later released.
Two toddlers, also in the mobile home at the time of the arrests, were
turned over to Mercer County Children's Services.
Slusser did not identify the adults who face felony charges of
harboring a fugitive.
The Mercer County Prosecu-tor's Office continues to review the case of
Authorities had been warned Anderson and a 17-year-old accomplice might
be headed this way following their escape. An off-duty Celina detective recognized
Anderson behind the wheel of a 1997 Geo Prizm bearing Florida license plates shortly
before 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the 600 block of Grove Street. Cruisers quickly descended on
Anderson stopped the car and both occupants fled on foot. Nick,
Celina's K-9 unit, apprehended Harvey Scott Jordan within half a block from the car.
The former Celina man disappeared into a residential area and was the
target of a three-hour manhunt.
Brian Anderson's brother, Daniel T. Anderson, 19, of 106 Jewett Drive,
Celina, appeared in Celina Municipal Court on Friday on a charge of obstruction of
justice, a fifth-degree felony. The charge stems from the alleged withholding or providing
of false information regarding his brother's whereabouts. Christian R. Temple, 18, also of
Celina, faces a second-degree misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business. He,
too, made a Friday appearance in court.
Both escapees remain in custody, with Jordan being lodged at the West
Central Ohio Juvenile Detention Center in Troy. The pair escaped early Wednesday morning
from the Florida jail, where both had been held since May.
They reportedly climbed onto a guardrail in their cell, pushed aside
ceiling tile and entered the air-conditioning ductwork. They broke through a fire door
gaining access to a mechanical room. Once outside, the escapees shimmied up a gutter to
the roof and somehow bypassed two perimeter fences liberally topped with razor wire.
A trained police dog followed their trail for approximately 80 yards
before losing the scent in a heavy downpour. The pair apparently stole the white Prizm
from a nearby yard and headed north.
Anderson, who allegedly violated parole here in Mercer County on
burglary and robbery cases dating back to 1999, was being held in Florida on eight counts
of burglary, two counts of grand theft, eight counts of criminal mischief and one count of
providing false information to authorities. As a convicted felon, he also is charged with
possessing a firearm.
His accomplice, who has been adjudicated as an adult, was being held on
numerous charges including multiple grand thefts, fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest,
illegal possession of a handcuff key and residential burglary. Grand theft charges also
are pending in another Florida county.
Taylor County officials are expected to arrive in Celina next week and
return the pair to Florida, where they face new charges of escape, grand theft and
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