Inmate arraigned on escape charge

WARREN – A Trumbull County Jail inmate who walked away from a local hospital last week was arraigned Tuesday on a misdemeanor escape charge.

Bond was set at $35,000 for Richard Harker, 33, of Evaline Street, in Warren Municipal Court. He was being held at the Trumbull County Jail.

Officials said Harker, who is also facing domestic violence and theft charges, got sick during a hearing in Niles Municipal Court last Friday and was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph Health Center in Warren. Later that same day, he walked out of the hospital still wearing his orange jail jumpsuit, officials reported.

His court dates have been rescheduled. He is to appear June 18 for a pretrial in Niles on domestic violence charge. He also has a pretrial scheduled for the same day in Niles on theft charges from January.

Weathersfield police on Monday posted on the department’s Facebook page that last Thursday, officers were called to the McDonald’s in downtown Niles after receiving reports that there was a woman who was involved in a domestic incident with Harker in Weathersfield. Police arrested Harker and booked him into the county jail on a domestic violence charge.

According to the Facebook post, Harker was to be video arraigned from the jail through Niles Municipal Court last Friday. However, because the video arraignment was not working, Weathersfield police transported Harker to his arraignment in Niles, where he became ill.

Police reported that he was transported to St. Joseph Health Center and a police hold was placed on him.

Police said the hospital later notified them Harker had walked out and taken off.

Warren police checked the area but were unable to locate him. Weathersfield police found Harker around 2:30 a.m. Saturday at his Evaline Street residence.