By Margie Wuebker
A Celina man who had been indicted in connection with a local burglary now faces additional charges after he escaped from a deputy while at the Mercer County Jail on Saturday afternoon.
Dustin A. Anthony, 18, 218 S. Mill St., reportedly came to the jail lobby to inquire why Mercer County Sheriff's deputies were looking for him.
He quickly learned a Mercer County grand jury had returned an indictment against him in connection with an Oct. 28 burglary at a Celina home. Anthony was placed under arrest at that point and handcuffed.
Deputy Ed Springer was taking Anthony down the front steps and toward a sallyport door to the booking area around 3 p.m. when the Celina man broke free and took off running in a southwesterly direction. Springer radioed for help and pursued the suspect before losing sight of him in the vicinity of Sugar and Market streets.
The sheriff's office issued a description of Anthony to news media. Deputies as well as Celina police officers went to his residence several times Saturday, including once when a caller reported seeing him near the home. Relatives consented to a search but he was not located. Anthony reportedly called 911 shortly before 3:30 p.m. Sunday and indicated he wished to turn himself in to authorities. Celina Police responded to the Mill Street location and he was taken into custody without incident.
The case has been referred to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office for review and possible filing of escape charges. Anthony remains incarcerated at the jail.
The burglary charge stems from an Oct. 28 incident at the home of Drucilla Sloan, 404 W. Market St. Anthony allegedly broke into the home when no one was home and took a portable scanner as well as a knife and cash.