One escapee caught, second still at large

Expected to be transferred to Trumbull jail on escape charge

WARREN — Police recaptured one of two men who escaped from a minimum-security lockup in Warren, while a second escapee remains at large.

Joshua Keenan, 25, of Garrettsville was booked into Portage County Jail at 9:28 p.m. Monday on a charge of escape, according to a Portage County Jail spokesman. He was to be held there until he is transferred to the Trumbull County Jail, the spokesman said.

Officials said a Portage Sheriff’s deputy picked Keenan up. Details on how and when he was caught were not released Monday night.

Tyler Bianca, 23, of Shelby, remains at large as of Monday night.

The two men jumped a fence about 5:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program in southeast Warren and ran through the neighboring South Central Goodyear Tire property at 260 South St. SE toward Pine Avenue and South Street SE before disappearing.

NEOCAP is an alternative sentencing facility used as a last chance before a defendants are sent to prison.

Keenan, labeled a Tier 1 sexual offender from a 2012 sexual imposition conviction in Portage County, was sent to NEOCAP in February after he was convicted of receiving stolen property.

Bianca was in NEOCAP after pleading guilty to a possession of drugs charge in July 2017 in Portage County. His bond was later revoked and he was assigned to NEOCAP last month.

Bianca was wearing a red zip-up sweatsuit with the words “True Religion” on it when he escaped. He is described as a black male with tattoos on his neck.

Portage County Common Pleas Court Judge Laurie Pittman was who assigned Bianca to NEOCAP. Under the terms of the agreement, it was stated that if he failed to follow the organization’s rules, “Bianca would be returned to the custody of the Portage County Sheriff Department and held without bond until further order from the court,” Pittman wrote in the order.

“Leaving the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program, without authorization, including failure to return after being granted temporary leave, will constitute a violation and will cause an independent, subsequent prosecution for escape, in addition to a probation violation,” she wrote.

Keenan was assigned to NEOCAP by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Becky Doherty.

Anyone with information about Bianca’s whereabouts is asked to call the Warren Police Department.

rsmith@tribtoday.com

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