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PRISON FUGITIVE LEAVES TRUCK IN WILLIAMSVILLE

The Amherst Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service are cautioning area residents after an escaped inmate from Ohio apparently abandoned a stolen flat- bed truck in Williamsville last week.

Convicted armed robber Ronald Holmes, 40, of Washington, D.C., is being sought by authorities after evidence from a Youngstown, Ohio, burglary linked him to the stolen truck discovered Sunday behind Village Hall at 5565 Main St.

"He (Holmes) is wanted for armed robbery, drugs and weapons charges," said Amherst Asst. Chief Frank Olesko. "He should be considered dangerous."

The truck was found during a car show at Village Hall and was determined to be a vehicle stolen Thursday from Youngstown, Amherst Assistant Chief Frank Olesko said Monday.

The truck owner's name and phone number were found inside the vehicle. When Amherst police called the owner, they confirmed the truck had been stolen, police said.

Janitors at the site thought the truck had been abandoned sometime between 2 and 5 p.m. Friday, police reported.

The truck is believed to have been used as a getaway vehicle by Holmes, who is one of seven inmates who escaped from a privately operated Ohio correctional facility, federal authorities said Monday.

The other six inmates have been taken back into custody.

Authorities from the U.S. Marshals Service suspect that Holmes broke into a lumber yard in nearby Hubbard Township, Ohio, on Thursday, emptied a candy machine and stole the vehicle.

Holmes, described as a black male, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, 156 pounds may be armed with a knife, police said.

Olesko said police knew of no connection between Holmes and the Buffalo area. Olesko said police do not know whether he is still in the area.

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