Escaped inmate apprehended Saturday

Escaped inmate Jason Patrick Sullivan was apprehended early Saturday evening and is back in custody, according to Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs,

Stubbs said Sullivan, 43, was arrested in Fort Dodge by members of the Fort Dodge Police Department, after he and another inmate escaped from the Webster County Jail Thursday night. He was being held on felony charges of domestic abuse and false imprisonment, along with misdemeanor charges.

Sullivan and George H. Johnson, 32, escaped from the jail by climbing through a vent in a locked room behind a commercial dryer, which was moved to gain access to a small locked room behind the dryer.

Once there, the prisoners damaged a small vent opening, then used sheets tied together to reach part way down to the alley and drop the remaining distance to the ground.

Johnson was taken into custody Friday at Trinity Regional Medical Center when he sought treatment for injuries sustained in the escape.

Stubbs said the effort to find and apprehend him was a successful joint effort between his own department, the Fort Dodge Police Department and members of the public who he said helped provide valuable information.

Stubbs said he expected Sullivan to appear in court Monday.

“We will be looking at other charges with the Webster County attorney’s office,” Stubbs said.

In addition, a Fort Dodge woman, Sarah Nicholle Ritter, 37, of 1713 1/2 Second Ave. S. is facing a felony charge of aiding and abetting escape from custody and several aggravated misdemeanor charges for her alleged role in helping with the escape.

According to charging documents, Ritter allegedly aided and abetted Johnson after his escape from the jail. In addition, she is alleged to have been an accessory after the fact by harboring, aiding or concealing Johnson. The complaint also accuses her of carrying weapons – in this case, an electronic stun gun.

Webster County Magistrate Steve Kersten set bond at $2,000 for the carrying weapons charge, $2,000 for the accessory after the fact charge and $5,000 for the aiding and abetting escape from custody charge.