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Inmate escapes; reward offered

May 30, 2008
LISBON — A reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of a Columbiana County Jail inmate who broke through a window late Wednesday and may be on the lam with his girlfriend in a stolen car, Sheriff David Smith said Thursday.

Larry Williams, 35, whose last known address was 444 Thomas Road, Lisbon, was confirmed missing by jail personnel shortly after a deputy sheriff pulling into the driveway saw a male subject running over a hill from the minimum-security misdemeanant jail facility on County Home Road at 10:20 p.m. Smith said the deputy notified the jail about a possible escapee, the jail was locked down and a head count revealed one inmate missing.

Williams, who was slated for release on Aug. 16, had been jailed for a handful of misdemeanor charges in March, including driving under suspension, possession of criminal tools, criminal trespass and public indecency, according to county Municipal Court records.

Smith said a broken window was found on the side of the building facing the parking lot. No blood was found.

The Sheriff’s Office filed charges of escape and vandalism Thursday against Williams for allegedly breaking detention and damaging jail property. Both charges are fifth-degree felonies. Chief Deputy Allen Haueter said a fifth-degree felony count of obstructing justice has also been filed against Williams’ live-in girlfriend, Candy Kibler, 37, because she was identified as being with him when the pair allegedly stopped at her soon-to-be ex-husband’s property on Mardis Road in Kensington early Thursday.

The U.S. Marshal’s Office in Youngstown offered a reward for information leading to Williams’ capture and arrest. The amount of the reward wasn’t revealed.

Williams was described as a white male, standing 6 feet tall, weighing 189 pounds, with brown hair shaved bald and hazel eyes. Kibler was described as a white female, standing 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 110 pounds, with blonde hair, blue eyes, and a tattoo of a butterfly on her neck and a tattoo of “Larry” on the back of her neck.

Smith said he believed they may have left the area in a car reported stolen from a Depot Road property. Robin and Richard Brown of 7716 Depot Road called at 6 a.m. Thursday to report their 1986 two-door tan Ford Thunderbird missing. The keys had been in the ignition and the car was unlocked. The property isn’t located too far from the jail.

“We suspect our escapee stole that vehicle,” the sheriff said.

Deputies and jail personnel searched the perimeter of the jail and other buildings and roadway near County Home Road, with help from the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Lisbon Police. They also went to Williams’ home address and no one answered the door. When investigators returned around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Smith said the girlfriend, identified as Kibler, answered the door and appeared intoxicated at the time. She claimed she didn’t know he had escaped, but she did confirm that they had a phone conversation Wednesday evening and he became upset because she alleged a domestic violence incident occurred with her ex-boyfriend, Smith said.

“This apparently set him off to where he believed he needed to see his girlfriend right away and take care of this guy,” Smith said.

He reported another inmate overheard part of the phone conversation between Williams and his girlfriend and said they were arguing. During a brief search of the residence on Thomas Road, Williams wasn’t found. Smith theorized that he hid somewhere between the jail and Depot Road, stole the car, then picked her up or called and told her to meet him somewhere.

At 2 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office received the call from the Mardis Road residence in Kensington, learning the escapee and his girlfriend had been there and left. Smith said deputies have checked the Thomas Road residence several times, with no sign of Kibler or Williams. A car titled to Kibler, a 1998 Chevy Monte Carlo, wasn’t seen at the residence, but according to court records, it had been ordered “clubbed” due to a drunken driving charge against Kibler.

According to county Municipal Court records on the Internet, Kibler has several open cases against her, including charges of domestic violence, theft and two counts of driving under OVI suspension. The charges were all filed two weeks ago. She pled no contest and was found guilty of the operating a vehicle intoxicated charge in April.

According to county Common Pleas Court records, Williams was released from prison last year after being ordered to serve a three-year sentence in December 2004 for burglary, having weapons under disability and vandalism for breaking into a doctor’s office in Lisbon.

Anyone with information about their whereabouts should call the Sheriff’s Office at 330-424-7255.



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