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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Five hour hostage situation at Trumbull County jail ends; Correctional officer safe

19 Actions NewsA hostage situation involving a group of prisoners and a guard at the Trumbull County Correctional Institution has ended with the rescue of the guard.

Authorities tell 19 Action News it was over around 8:30 P.M. Wednesday evening, and the guard was not hurt.

Inmate David Martin, of Burnside Ave. in Cleveland, Richard Ware and Kevin Johns overtook correctional officer Joe Lynn around 3:30 P.M. threatening him with an illegal self-made weapon known as a shank. Lynn was doing rounds in a high risk offender area of the jail when he was attacked.

"He went to do a check, everything seemed fine but as he walked up the stairs on the top floor, he was taken from behind," said Trumbull County Sheriff Thomas Altiere.

They held him hostage inside Martin's jail cell for several hours. The FBI, Ohio State Patrol, SWAT, U.S. Marshall's and Youngstown Police assisted.

At one point during the crisis one of the hostage-takers actually called 19 Action News.

Reporter Tiffani Tucker spent several minutes on the phone with Martin. He insisted he was innocent and was trying to clear his name. The conversation ended abruptly when Martin put the call on hold.

Martin is accused of capital murder and is currently on trial for allegedly killing Jeremy Cole, of Warren, OH. Johns was recently convicted of rape and kidnapping and Ware is locked up on an aggravated murder charge. continue reading...

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