Sheriff recognizes 3 who helped out

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – Three people involved in the apprehension of Mark Edwards and the 14-year-old girl he’s accused of running off with were officially recognized by the Clark County sheriff Thursday morning.

Three people involved in the apprehension of Mark Edwards and the 14-year-old girl he's accused of running off with were officially recognized by the Clark County sheriff, March 6, 2014. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)
Three people involved in the apprehension of Mark Edwards and the 14-year-old girl he’s accused of running off with were officially recognized by the Clark County sheriff, March 6, 2014. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)

Sheriff Gene Kelly awarded appreciation plaques to Ramondo Brandon and Tracy Rogers for getting Edwards and the teen into their van the night of Feb. 28. Their act helped to stop the pair’s run from the law. Kelly said because of Brandon’s and Rogers’ efforts, Edwards and the girl were taken into custody without any further incidents.

Kelly also recognized Walter Portman for making the 911 call to police and staying to give officers the description of the van.

Springfield police caught Edwards with the girl, who officers said left with him voluntarily.

Edwards faces three charges – violation of a protection order, domestic violence, and interfering with custody. He also faces kidnap and rape charges for a previous attempted flight with the same girl in September 2013.

The girl faces a charge of delinquency by reason of inducing panic and a charge of delinquency by reason of interfering with custody.

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