Sunday, July 08, 2001

Police capture man who fled from hospital

        SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP — A Cumminsville man who escaped from police custody at University Hospital after being charged with assaulting two officers was captured Saturday afternoon.

[photo] Anthony Wilcox is put into an ambulance Friday morning.
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(Brandi Stafford photos)
[photo] Injured officers Clayton Smith (on the ground) and Rob Merkle (walking right) after being hurt in a scuffle.
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[photo] Officer John Buxsel's cruiser after striking a concrete barrier.
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        Anthony Wilcox, 22, of President Drive was arrested at noon in the 3500 block of Schwartze Avenue, police said. A tip had alerted Springfield Township police to Mr. Wilcox's whereabouts.

        Mr. Wilcox was being confined Saturday evening at the Hamilton County Justice Center on charges of escape, two counts of assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. His bond had not been set.

        Police said Mr. Wilcox walked away from University Hospital on Thursday night wearing only a hospital gown. Hospital officials wouldn't say what Mr. Wilcox was being treated for.

        Mr. Wilcox was sent to University Hospital after a scuffle Thursday with two Springfield Township police trying to arrest him, police said. He was wanted on several misdemeanor and traffic warrants and a probation violation.

        Officers Clayton Smith and Rob Merkle were treated at Mercy Hospital Fairfield for minor injuries.

        Another officer crashed his cruiser while responding to his colleagues' call for help. Officer John Buxsel was in fair condition at University Hospital on Saturday. He broke his leg in the crash.


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