Manhunt underway for accused rapist who escaped custody

Branden Powell overpowered a deputy during transport, stealing his gun and ammunition, police say.
1:47 | 08/06/17

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Next to the nationwide manhunt expanding for an accused rapist who made an escape. The suspect overpowering a deputy while shackled during a van transport, stealing the deputy's gun. Here's Ron Claiborne with reports the FBI has joined the search. Reporter: Tonight, a desperate manhunt in Ohio and beyond for an escaped inmate armed with a deputy's gun. We've yet to find him. Has possession of a firearm, up to 30 rounds of ammunition. He has to be getting cold and hungry. Reporter: Brandon Powell, accused of rape, escaped Friday while being transferred from a hospital near Toledo after being treated there for injuries from a suicide attempt while in jail. These hospital security images show Powell as he was being led to the police vehicle by the officer. He's in handcuffs, attached to a belt. His legs were shackled. While sitting in the back of the transport vehicle Powell somehow put the deputy in a headlock, the car crashed and he took the officer's weapon. The inmate then forced the officer to undo his shackles before handcuffing him to the steering wheel. Powell then took the deputy's cell phone, wallet and ammunition and disabled his radio and car. Powell fled on foot. You don't take a pistol from one of my deputies and threaten him with it. He's going to be held accountable for that when he's located. Reporter: Tonight, U.S. Marshals and the FBI joining the hunt for the armed and dangerous escapee. He's not a good guy. If you see him, call the police. Don't go near him. Reporter: Police are still trying to figure out how Powell with his hands manacled managed to get his arm around the officer's neck. But there was no partition between the back and front

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