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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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    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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