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One of two Blackburn escapees arrested in Ohio after allegedly detaining woman in apartment

One of two inmates who walked away from Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington over the weekend is in custody in Ohio, where he allegedly refused to let a woman leave an apartment, police said.

Police in Hamilton, Ohio, said Thursday morning that Joshua Stephenson was arrested overnight after he allegedly held his child's mother, Sarah Cruz, at the apartment and ordered her to stay quiet when officers came to the door.

Police said they traced Stephenson to the apartment, where Cruz told them Stephenson had told her by phone that he was coming to visit after being released from prison.

Cruz said that when police initially knocked on the door, Stephenson forced her to the floor and ordered her not to move.

Officers arrested Stephenson after breaking through a door.

He is being held in the Butler County jail on a kidnapping charge. He also is charged with escape in an arrest warrant from Kentucky.

Stephenson and another inmate, Michael Fleet, disappeared from Blackburn, the minimum-security prison in Fayette County, on Saturday night. Both were serving sentences on burglary charges.

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