- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A man wanted on charges of helping his brother escape from a jail last month has been arrested, following the arrests of two other siblings, and state troopers are searching for their father on charges he hid him.

Shane Hanlan was arrested Wednesday night at his father’s Dunkard Township home, about 65 miles south of Pittsburgh in Greene County. His other siblings already were in jail.

Troopers from the Waynesburg barracks announced the arrest Thursday in conjunction with a warrant issued against the siblings’ father, Hodge Hanlan, who was being sought on a charge of hindering his son Shane Hanlan’s arrest and prosecution. Police who went to Hodge Hanlan’s home Wednesday said he told them he hadn’t seen Shane Hanlan but they found and arrested the son there later that day - on a couch, next to where the father was sleeping.

When police returned to Hodge Hanlan’s home with an arrest warrant Thursday, they couldn’t find him.

Shane Hanlan was the third sibling to be arrested on charges he helped Waylon Hodge Hanlan Jr. escape from the Greene County jail on Dec. 27. Clinton Hanlan and Vanessa Hanlan previously were charged with aiding the escape and were jailed.

The Hanlan siblings remained jailed Thursday, unable to post bond, and couldn’t be reached by telephone for comment. Online court records don’t list attorneys for them.

Waylon Hanlan Jr. climbed a jail fence and ran into the woods but was arrested on Dec. 29, authorities said. A state police helicopter had spotted Waylon Hanlan Jr., Shane Hanlan and Clinton Hanlan riding in a car in Dunkard, which borders West Virginia, several miles from the jail in Waynesburg, authorities said.

Vanessa Hanlan, who lives in Dillner, had been arrested the day before on charges of conspiring to help Waylon Hanlan Jr. escape and hindering his apprehension. Police said she told them that Waylon Hanlan Jr. called her from jail and asked her to pick him up after he escaped later that day. Although she drove to a prearranged meeting place, she got cold feet and returned home before she could pick him up, a criminal complaint says.

Police said Waylon Hanlan Jr. later drove to her house on an all-terrain vehicle, changed clothes, gathered some personal items, including his car keys, and drove off.

Troopers said Waylon Hanlan Jr. and Shane Hanlan ran from the car after the helicopter tracked it down but Waylon Hanlan Jr was captured and arrested. They said Clinton Hanlan drove off but was stopped and arrested by sheriff’s deputies in Monongalia County, West Virginia. He was returned to Pennsylvania and was arraigned Tuesday on charges of aiding his brother’s escape.

Waylon Hanlan Jr. had been jailed since Dec. 11 on a probation violation before his escape. His probation stemmed from a conviction for simple assault, fleeing and eluding police and other charges.


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