Federal agents arrest escaped Canton fugitive who used picnic table to escape


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The U.S. Marshals, leading the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF), successfully apprehended Ashley Helmick, 27, early Monday in Canton.

Helmick was arrested on charges of escape from the Canton Police Department, following an incident at the Stark Regional Community Correction Center.

According to authorities, the alleged escape took place on August 10, when Helmick utilized a picnic table to scale a fence before making her way onto the roof and ultimately fleeing from the Stark Regional Community Correction Center.

Helmick had been court-ordered to participate in the residential program at the facility on July 19. However, after being admitted on August 7, she managed to evade custody after only three days in the program.

Following Helmick’s escape, the NOVFTF and the Stark Regional Community Correction Center initiated an immediate investigation into her whereabouts within the Canton area. Through collaborative efforts, the NOVFTF located and apprehended Helmick earlier today at an address in the 400 block of Hazlett Ave NW, Canton, Ohio.

“We will continue to build upon our strong relationship, to make the communities we serve a safer place to live. Without this partnership and our dedicated officers, an escaped fugitive would still be on the streets of Stark County,” US Marshal Pete Elliott said.