US Marshals Service: Man who escaped custody at Milwaukee airport in 2021 arrested in Ohio

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TOLEDO, Ohio — A 40-year-old man who escaped custody at Mitchell International Airport in late 2021 was arrested in northern Ohio on Wednesday, the U.S. Marshals Service said Thursday.

In a news release, the agency said Robert Johnson, Jr., was arrested after leading law enforcement in Toledo, Ohio, on a chase on Wednesday.

The chase ended when Johnson crashed. Officers found a gun inside the vehicle after the crash that had been reported stolen out of North Carolina, the release said.

Johnson, who was wanted on a number of charges, including escape, unlawful possession of dangerous drugs and a sex offender registration violation, was being transported to the Rock County Jail in Janesville in November 2021 when he escaped.

The release said a private transportation company hired by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections was escorting him to Janesville after he was arrested in Laredo, Texas. When Johnson asked for his handcuffs to be taken off so he could use a bathroom at the airport, he reportedly punched his transporter and escaped.

Officials credited information from the U.S. Marshals in the Western District of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Regional Task Force with helping arrest Johnson.