Escaped inmate recaptured in Delaware County

DELAWARE, OH (WCMH) — The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office says an inmate who escaped from a Columbus healthcare facility was taken into custody, Sunday.

Robert Gardner, 47, was captured “after deputies received a tip from a citizen who recognized Gardner walking near the Polaris Mall area,” the DCSO said Sunday. Gardner was arrested without incident near the intersection of Polaris and Lyra Drive.

The DCSO says he was in possession of a handgun when arrested.

According to a criminal complaint, Gardner had broken the window in his bedroom to escape. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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