Guard Taken Hostage at Trumbull County Jail, Ohio

Trumbull County Jail, Warren, Ohio
April 23, 2014

Three inmates took a guard hostage and phoned the media in a standoff that lasted five hours. Prisoners used their sheets and clothes to tie the door shut and covered windows with mattresses. They also had bags full of a greasy substance to throw on the floor when guards entered, but did not use them. The situation resolved without injuries.

David Martin, a prisoner involved in the incident, had recently been sentenced to death by an Ohio court and phoned 19 Action News during the incident. According to the news channel, “He insisted he was innocent and was trying to clear his name. The conversation ended abruptly when Martin put the call on hold.”

The two other inmates involved in the incident were each sentenced to an additional 7 years in prison. Martin’s death sentence conviction was later affirmed by the Ohio Supreme Court.

(Photo Source: WFMJ).

Ohio hostage situation ends at Trumbull County Jail; 3 inmates release correction officer“,, April 24, 2014.

Five hour hostage situation at Trumbull County jail ends; Correctional officer safe“, 19 Action News, April 24, 2014.

I-Team: Video shows dramatic ending to 2014 Trumbull County Jail hostage¬†situation“, Fox 8, May 4, 2016.

Video shows how Trumbull County Jail hostage situation unfolded”, WMFJ, May 3, 2016.


Two Trumbull hostage-takers gets additional 7 years in prison“, The Vindicator, July 30, 2015.

Man gets 7 more years for Trumbull jail hostage taking“, The Vindicator, July 29, 2015.

Man involved in hostage-taking sentenced to 23 years in prison“, The Vindicator, September 25, 2014.

Death sentence upheld in Warren execution-style slaying“, WFMJ, September 17, 2017.