GALLIPOLIS — Gallia Sheriff’s deputies recovered an attempted escapee from the Gallia Jail Friday morning who was previously incarcerated on misdemeanor charges.
At approximately 10:10 a.m., Bruce Lee Chapman, 36, of Point Pleasant, W.Va., who was incarcerated in the Gallia County Jail for a first-degree misdemeanor theft charge, attempted to escape custody by compromising a locking mechanism on a holding facility door, thereby gaining access to the front entrance of the jail, according to Sheriff Matt Champlin.
“Our correctional staff immediately identified the attempted escape and contacted the Gallia County 911 Center to seek assistance from all law enforcement personnel in the area,” Champlin said. “The suspect, Bruce Lee Chapman, 36, was immediately located near the front of the Gallia County Courthouse by corrections staff and courthouse security. I’d like to commend our staff for their attentiveness to their job duties and quick reactions which resulted in the immediate apprehension of this suspect who chose to attempt to escape justice by fleeing from our custody.”
Champlin further said “An investigation into how the inmate was able to breech security is being conducted and we will be consulting with Prosecutor Jason Holdren’s Office regarding charges on Mr. Chapman. We will see to it that Mr. Chapman is held accountable for his actions today. We will do everything we need to do to identify any issues which resulted in this escape and take the corrective measures necessary to assure our citizens and our community remain safe.”