Search continues for St. Clair Township man

EAST LIVERPOOL –A prisoner taken earlier this week from Columbiana County Jail for treatment at a local hospital appears to be still at large, according to county law enforcement.

Sherman A. Pritt, Jr., 40, of Y&O Road disappeared after being discharged from East Liverpool City Hospital Tuesday afternoon, after being transported there without any law enforcement supervisor.

St. Clair Township police had dropped him off at the jail earlier in the day after serving him with warrants, one of which was for violating a protection order.

Officers picked him up around 1 p.m., after discovering him passed out in a white truck out front of Four Brothers Auto with the truck door and business door open and serving him with two warrants, more has surfaced about happened in the hours before.

According to St. Clair police reports, his female victim had gone to the station at 10:35 p.m. Monday to allege that Pritt had made threats on social media, which caused her to fear for her safety, and been repeatedly texting her from different numbers.

In fact, while she was there at the police station filing the report, Pritt allegedly called her and inquired, “Why are you doing this?” in violation of the protection order, the incident report explained.

According to Sheriff Ray Stone, Pritt was transported to the county jail about 2 p.m. and was not booked as medical staff determined he needed to get released from the hospital, because he appeared to be under the influence of drugs.

Jail officials failed to call the sheriff to have a deputy accompany Pritt’s ambulance to the hospital and remain there until his discharge, so Pritt took it upon himself at 5 p.m. to check himself out and leave.

Police Chief Brian McKenzie said the arrest warrants issued by East Liverpool Municipal Court Judge Melissa Byers-Emmerling require Pritt be held without bond once apprehended.

Pritt also has allegedly made threats against law enforcement, so as a precaution, all main entrances at East Liverpool City Hall were closed Wednesday, with the public directed to enter through the handicapped entrance, where an officer stood guard.

“We’re probably going to do that until (Pritt) is apprehended because of the threats he made to police,” said East Liverpool Police Chief John Lane. “He’s threatened everybody.”

Police are still actively searching for this suspect please call 330-385-1234 option 1 or 911 with any information. All tips are received anonymously.