Inmate Escapes from Prison, Tackled by Man in Convenience Store

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An inmate who escaped from an Ohio prison on Wednesday was caught by a customer who recognized him Thursday night at a general store. 

The customer recognized the man from a mug shot which was displayed at the counter. He then proceeded to tackle him.

The convict, James David Myers, escaped from Mansfield prison on his birthday.

He managed to travel eight miles from the prison and entered Olivesburg General Store on Thursday. He used the telephone at the store and told the store's staff he needed help because his car broke down.

Though Myers saw the mug shot of himself near the register, and tried to cover it up with change, another customer recognized him.

The customer tackled Myers and put him in a headlock. He had called the police before he tackled the man but decided he was going to make sure he didn't escape.

"I just walked back over there and threw him to the ground, didn't give him a chance to get a gun," he said.

The customer was 6'4" and 320 pounds. Police arrived quickly and took the man back to prison. The convict was sentenced to prison in 2010 when he was convicted of kidnap and rape.

Sources: Inquisitr, 10TV