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Federal Officials Join Search for Ohio Rape Suspect Who Escaped

Branden Lee Powell overpowered a deputy on a trip Friday from a psychiatric hospital to a county jail

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    Federal Officials Join Search for Ohio Rape Suspect Who Escaped
    Paulding County Sheriff’s Office via AP
    This undated image provide by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office shows Branden Powell. Authorities say a manhunt is under way for Powell, an Ohio rape suspect who overpowered a sheriff’s deputy in a transport van and stole his gun and ammunition.

    Authorities are continuing the search for an Ohio rape suspect who overpowered a sheriff's deputy in a transport van, stole his gun and fled.

    The Paulding County Sheriff's Office said Sunday that FBI and U.S. Marshals are also assisting in the search for 32-year-old Branden Lee Powell. Powell overpowered a deputy on a trip Friday from a psychiatric hospital to a county jail.

    Powell was in leg shackles and handcuffs secured to a "belly belt" when he jumped over the seat and put the deputy in a headlock, causing the van to crash. Powell grabbed the deputy's gun and ordered him to remove the restraints.

    Powell was jailed last month on rape, attempted rape and sexual battery charges.

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    A $2,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his apprehension.