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One inmate involved in guard hostage situation from Cincinnati
WARREN, Ohio (WKRC/AP) -- A corrections officer, taken hostage by three inmates at a northeast Ohio jail is talking about the ordeal.
Officials say the inmates grabbed and handcuffed the officer Wednesday afternoon at the Trumbull County Jail in Warren and held him for several hours.
One of those inmates is Kevin Johns from the Cincinnati area. He was recently convicted of rape and kidnapping in Warren. The other two are awaiting trial on murder charges. Officials say one of the felons was armed with a shank.
One of the inmates called WOIO, the Cleveland CBS affiliate, during the hostage situation. He insisted he was innocent and was trying to clear his name.
WOIO also spoke with the officer who was held hostage. "They took me by surprise, brought me into a cell tied me up. Never harmed me. They gave me water. They loosened the restraints and put me into some cuffs."
Trumbull County Sheriff's Office Major Thomas Stewart says the hostage situation ended peacefully and, "It's all over." He says the inmates talked to hostage negotiators and "decided to give it up."
He says the correction officer wasn't physically harmed but was evaluated. The inmates have been taken to a maximum-security facility.