Suspect on the Loose in Zanesville

Local News

A man wanted in connection to a robbery and various other offenses could be on the loose in Zanesville.

Lt. Bill Shaw of the Zanesville Police Department says they’re on the lookout for 26-year-old Jason Austin, of Lancaster.

He’s described as a white male, 6’0 with blond hair and blue eyes. He’s believed to have his head shaved or a very short hair cut.

Just after 12:30 Thursday morning Lt. Shaw says Cambridge Police and the State Highway Patrol chased a stolen vehicle, believed to be driven by Austin, into Zanesville City limits.

The car was found by ZPD on Grant St. abandoned.

K-9 Paco tracked the suspect to the area of Green Street and Greenwood Avenue where the trail was lost.

Austin has a past history of escape from jail in Nelsonville and is considered dangerous.

Anyone with information to this whereabouts is asked to call the Zanesville Police Department at (740) 455-0700.

Nichole Hannahs
Nichole is WHIZ’s News Director/Anchor. She joined the WHIZ family while attending high school at Bishop Rosecrans, before taking a full-time position in 2005. Nichole is no stranger to the area. She grew up in Corning, Ohio and and graduated from Waynesburg College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications emphasizing in Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information and Journalism.When not at work Nichole enjoys watching St. Louis Blues hockey, enjoying time with family, spending time outdoors and reading.If Nichole wasn't in broadcasting she'd probably have become a teacher.Nichole is married to a fellow sports fan Brandon. They have two sons Cameron and Xavier.