Escapee Recaptured in Downtown Steubenville

Photo by Linda Harris Police officers put Richard Schoonover, the suspect in Friday morning’s standoff, into a squad car.

Police recaptured a 42-year-old man who escaped from Trinity Medical Center West on Friday morning after claiming he was having chest pains following his arrest in connection with a string of breaking and enterings, Police Chief Bill McCafferty said.

Richard Schoonover of 611 Lincoln Ave. was taken into custody around 9:36 a.m. at a residence in the 300 block of South Fourth Street after a caller reported seeing a man in leg shackles enter the home.

Police cordoned off the block and surrounded the property, but officers were held at bay for more than 30 minutes after Schoonover allegedly claimed to have taken a female hostage.

Schoonover, charged Thursday with burglary, two counts receiving stolen property and resisting arrest, had been taken to Trinity West after he “complained of chest pain and advised he was having a heart attack and became dead weight and began to convulse his body, screaming for his mother.”

He was being treated on the fifth floor Friday morning when he managed to get out of his room and down the back steps while police officers were doing forensic work, a hospital spokeswoman said. Schoonover then made his way to a parking lot across from the Teramana Cancer Center where he allegedly carjacked a doctor, she said. The physician was not injured.

Schoonover is facing additional charges stemming from the escape, carjacking and standoff, authorities said.


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