A Washington, D.C., man who had been on the run from a federal prison in Ohio for more than a month was arrested by authorities Thursday afternoon while bicycling on the East Side.
Ronald Holmes, 40, was taken into custody by Erie County sheriff's deputies and U.S. marshals at 3:45 p.m. on Alexandria Street. Authorities said they were tipped off to Holmes' whereabouts by a confidential informant.
"It's a very good example of law enforcement working together that resulted in a successful resolution," Erie County Sheriff Patrick Gallivan said at a news conference.
Holmes was one of six inmates who escaped July 25 from a privately operated, federal medium-security prison in Youngstown, Ohio, after cutting through a fence. The other five were captured within 48 hours.
Holmes, who was serving 17 to 51 years in the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center for armed robbery, allegedly fled in a stolen flat-bed truck, which he abandoned when it ran out of gas in Williamsville late last month, authorities said.
The truck was discovered parked behind Williamsville Village Hall at 5565 Main St. after an Aug. 2 car show. Evidence discovered there linked Holmes to the vehicle, authorities said.
Law enforcement officials learned Holmes was staying in Western New York after sheriff's deputies obtained information earlier in the week from a prisoner they were transporting. The deputies relayed the information to detectives who notified federal marshals.
U.S. Marshal John P. McCaffrey said Holmes apparently had no connection to Western New York.
"It was just a place he felt safe for a period of time. He had no money; he had no vehicle."