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Escaped Mansfield Inmate Back in Prison

MANSFIELD (Ken Hines/Joe Stoll) -- A convicted rapist who escaped from the Mansfield Correctional Institution on Wednesday night is back in prison after a day on the run.

James David Myers was returned to the prison after being captured in Ashland Thursday at 6:42 p.m., according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

ABC 6 News obtained surveillance video of a customer at Olivesburg General Store in Ashland tackling Myers to the ground and holding him there until deputies arrived.

Myers, 47, is serving a 40-years-to-life sentence for rape, burglary, and kidnapping.

Prison guards discovered that Myers was missing during a routine headcount on Wednesday at 9 p.m. Investigators have not determined when or how he escaped.

Myers was convicted of following a woman home from a bar in July, 2010, then raping her after displaying a gun.

After Myers's escape, police provided security for his victim, who was stalked by her attacker in the days following the rape, according to investigators.

Troopers searched the area around the prison with an infrared aircraft on Thursday morning, but were unable to locate Myers for several hours. Search efforts were limited on Wednesday night due to the possibility of inclement weather.
 
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