NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – A fugitive was on the run but has been found in Niles. The suspect was wanted in connection to a police chase and investigation into stolen vehicles in Mahoning County.
Montrell Holmes, 25, is in the Mahoning County Jail.
Investigators said Holmes took extreme measures to try and get away on Monday and got hurt in the process.
Holmes is in the hospital receiving treatment for injuries he received when police say he jumped off a balcony and took a U.S. marshal down with him.
“Yes, he did jump and, you know, they were there to catch him,” said witness Larry Daniel.
Holmes had an outstanding warrant out of Boardman where investigators there say he was one of several people involved in stealing multiple vehicles, taking off from police and intentionally hitting a police cruiser.
Niles police say U.S. marshals had tracked Holmes to a room at the Days Inn off of Route 422 on Monday.
“Marshals’ team made entry to the room, there was a scuffle and during the time, one of the marshals grabbed onto the suspect, the suspect dove off the railing and both the marshal and the suspect landed on the concrete and sustained some injuries,” said Niles Police Chief Jay Holland.
Holland said the marshal was treated at the scene and is expected to be OK. Holmes, however, landed face down and was taken to the hospital.
“The fact that he was willing to jump off of a 12-foot balcony to escape arrest, it tells you he was pretty desperate to get away,” Holland said.
Inside the room, Holland said they found a weapon and bulletproof vest.
Investigators said they also found ammunition for another weapon inside a vehicle they searched.
Three other people in the room — Lacie Parnell of Youngstown, Kaysie Mire of Key West, Florida, and Peyton Thompson of New Haven, Connecticut — were taken into custody and issued summonses for obstructing justice.