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SUSPECT, GIRLFRIEND, MOTHER CHARGED IN ESCAPE

A 28-year-old man, his mother and his girlfriend were arrested Saturday after he escaped police custody, drove away in a sheriff's police cruiser and sparked a stand-off at his mother's home, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Jonpaul Oliver, of Ruhlman Road, Lockport, was charged with two counts of criminal possession of acontrolled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, grand larceny and escape.

His girlfriend, Elizabeth Scirto, 27, of the same address, was charged with hindering prosecution, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Oliver's mother, Donna Vanetten, 49, of Drum Road, Hartland, was charged with hindering prosecution.

Deputies, state parole officers and state troopers arrived at Oliver and Scirto's Ruhlman Road apartment about 6:40 a.m. Saturday to execute a warrant for Oliver's parole violation, deputies said.

Oliver hid beneath a bed inside the home and was taken into custody and placed in the caged rear of the sheriff's cruiser with his hands handcuffed behind his back, deputies said.

They said his girlfriend was also arrested after drugs were found in the house.

During the search, deputies said, Oliver escaped from the back of the cruiser and sped away in the patrol vehicle.

About 30 minutes later, the vehicle was found abandoned at 2849 Drum Road, the home of Oliver's mother, and dozens of police officers converged at the scene.

Deputies said Oliver's mother initially told them she did not notice the patrol car in her yard, and had not seen her son.

Oliver was taken into custody on Genesee Street in Cheektowaga, deputies said.

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