Greenwich prisoner injured after balcony jump

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:16 PM

A Greenwich man was transferred from Fisher-Titus Medical Center to a Toledo hospital after he jumped from the jail mezzanine Friday morning.

Joshua M. Aumend, 27, of 21 E. Main St., sustained injuries to his lower extremities that don't appear to be life threatening, said Sgt. Wade Mollison of the Huron County Jail. The incident happened at 11:47 a.m. after corrections officers had done their hourly checks.

"It appears to be he planned to get out of jail, but the investigation is still continuing," Mollison said. "He was assigned to the first floor. After he brought his lunch tray out, he ran up and jumped off the second floor."

An inmate said in a statement he attempted to prevent Aumend from going up the steps. Mollison said a couple prisoners mentioned Aumend, who was not on a suicide watch, talked about planning the jump to get released from custody.

About 2 1/2 hours before Friday's incident, Aumend had spoken to a mental health counselor. Mollison said he couldn't divulge why the prisoner had the appointment or the exact nature of his injuries.

After the jump, Aumend first went to Fisher-Titus. He later was transferred to the University of Toledo Medical Center. No further information was available this morning on his condition.

Aumend originally was booked into the jail June 7 on possession of heroin.

Willard Police Sgt. Ryan Gilmore arrested him earlier that day on a Huron County Sheriff's Office contempt of court warrant in the 100 block of West Avenue, Chief Joe Daniel said.

"I don't know if he was found with heroin. Our report doesn't indicate that," Daniel said.

Sheriff's Capt. Bob McLaughlin, in a prepared statement, said the heroin charge stemmed from a March 18 incident when deputies and Willard police officers seized the drugs while using a search warrant.

"He's been released from our custody," Mollison said this morning. "There is no bond at this time. That was up to the court," the jail supervisor said, referring to Norwalk Municipal Judge John Ridge.

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