Inmate’s Prison Break Attempt Does NOT Go According To Plan
(StraightNews.org) – On Saturday, July 9, Thomas Cromwell and Shawn Black (both 29 years old) snuck out of River City Correctional Center in Ohio. An investigation revealed they escaped through a broken window that had been covered with plywood days before. Detectives then found Cromwell at a hotel in Mason, Ohio, days later, leading to a hostage situation and eventually, his death.
On the afternoon of Monday, July 11, police arrived at the Baymont Inn by Wyndham Hotel to arrest Cromwell after someone called in with a tip. However, the criminal told the police he had a weapon and would not come out. Authorities then evacuated the hotel, but the escaped inmate still held a woman hostage in the third-floor room.
Nearly 12 hours later, a SWAT team stormed the room, shot Cromwell, and brought the woman out in handcuffs. He died from his wounds, and there is no body camera footage of the event.
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On Wednesday, July 13, police found Black, the other escaped inmate, in North College Hill, Cincinnati, during a burglary in progress.
It turns out that the two escapees were aided by Heather Goodman, who rented a hotel room for them nearby the morning of their escape. Police have charged her with two counts of aiding escape and one of obstructing justice.
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