GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — Garfield Heights Police Chief Robert Byrne confirms the robbery suspect who escaped the city jail Friday morning was killed in a fiery crash on state Route 176.
Donnie J. Thomas, 34, of Sagamore Hills, reportedly attacked a jailer at just before 8 a.m. Friday and was able to escape the jail. Police were combing neighborhoods in the area around the jail in an attempt to find him.
At about noon, a car he was driving was involved in a crash on state Route 176. He was ejected from the car and taken to the hospital but died.
Thomas was originally arrested for a robbery offense earlier Friday. Police say he allegedly claimed to have a gun and robbed a Walgreen’s.
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