Hamilton County escapee captured in Fort Wayne

Indianapolis Area Crime

Rafael Rosa III

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – A man who escaped from Hamilton County Community Correction’s work release program is back in custody after a week on the run.

Authorities say Rafael Rosa III was taken to the hospital for treatment on June 18, and when officials called to check on his status, hospital staff said he had been released. Rosa III did not return to the correction facility as would have been standard protocol.

The 27-year-old from Noblesville is serving a sentence for burglary and theft.

Investigators with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police believed Rosa was likely hiding in the Fort Wayne area.

Police tracked him to the Knotty Pine Motel on the northwest side of Fort Wayne. Rosa tried to escape once state troopers converged on the location Friday night, but he was apprehended after a short chase.

Rosa was taken to the Allen County Jail awaiting transfer back to Hamilton County.

Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that Rosa escaped from the Hamilton County Community Correction’s work release program, not the Hamilton County jail as the original release stated. The sheriff’s department confirmed his status in the work release program and stated the original release issued by the Indiana State Police Fort Wayne District was incorrect.

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