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County jail inmate back in custody after walking off during medical furlough (UPDATED)

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    Authorities who are looking for a Medina County Jail inmate who failed to return to the jail Sunday night following a medical furlough are parked along state Route 18 across from Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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    Joshua Bragg

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Authorities who are looking for a Medina County Jail inmate who failed to return to the jail Sunday night following a medical furlough are parked along state Route 18 across from Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital.

NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE Enlarge

MEDINA — A Medina County Jail inmate on medical furlough who fled before being transported to an Akron hospital Sunday night was apprehended in Cuyahoga County.

Joshua D. Bragg, 26, of the 6800 block of Lafayette Road, Medina, was being treated at Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital and doctors decided he needed further treatment at Akron General Medical Center, county Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Ken Baca said Monday.

Bragg was placed in a LifeCare Medical Services ambulance to be transported to Akron, but he apparently had other plans.

“He said, ‘I don’t think so,’ and out the door he went,” Baca said.

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Joshua Bragg

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He said the inmate wasn’t technically under the custody of the sheriff’s office or any other law enforcement agency at the time he fled.

Ambulance workers informed security at the hospital, which called the sheriff’s office.

“He was on a medical furlough,” he said.

Baca said once inmates on furlough are discharged from getting medical attention, they have one hour to report to jail.

The chief deputy said a “boneheaded stunt” like this happens from time to time.

After Bragg fled at about

6 p.m., law enforcement officers searched for him in the area around Medina Hospital.

But Bragg found his way to Cuyahoga County.

Bragg was apprehended at a relative’s house by Newburg Heights police at around

11 p.m. Sunday, Baca said.

After Bragg escaped, the sheriff’s office was informed by a family member where he was staying, Baca said.

The sheriff’s office contacted Newburg police, which picked Bragg up Sunday night and transported him to the Medina County Jail.

Baca said Bragg will be charged with escape on top of his original drug charge. Bragg was being held on $10,000 bond on a cocaine possession charge, a fifth-degree felony.

He was indicted by a grand jury June 27.

“I’m confident there will be no more (medical) furloughs for him,” Baca said.

“He’ll be kept under guard at all times. He lost integrity with the courts.”

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.



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