Inmate escapes transport in Santa Rosa County – Apprehended

Saatio is caught

John Wesley Saatio

John Wesley Saatio

Escaped inmate apprehended

John Wesley Saatio was apprehended by Santa Rosa County Sheriff (SRSO) deputies last night, July 3, 2016,  after a citizen called SRSO regarding a suspicious person walking in a wooded area. The description provided fit Saatio

Deputies arrived a short time later at approximately 5 p.m. with a K-9 unit near Antietam Rd. in Milton to track down Saatio. Other K-9 Units were called in including Santa Rosa Correctional Institute, Okaloosa, Century, and Florida Wildlife Commission. The K-9 units continued to track Saatio south for approximate 2 miles where he was approaching the Yellow River.

Saatio was apprehended approximately 4 hours later and was apprehended without incident. Saatio was searched and 2 makeshift handcuff keys were located in his socks.

Saatio was transported to the Santa Rosa County Jail where he remains under close watch. Charges include escape and possession of a handcuff key. Additional charges are pending at this time.

Saatio escapes during transport

Michigan fugitive, John Wesley Saatio, escaped last night, June 2, 2016, when he reportedly fled a private inmate transportation companies’ custody at 10:30 p.m. at the I-10 rest area at mile marker 29 in Santa Rosa County. He has not been captured. Saatio was extradited last week from Costa Rica after escaping custody last year in Michigan. News reports state that Saatio  also escaped custody in Costa Rica after he was initially caught – and then caught again.

According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, Saatio was handcuffed when he escaped from Houghton County deputies following a June 19, 2015 court appearance on charges of home invasion and destruction of police property. Police said he stole a car and headed south, running out of gas on Green Bay’s west side.

Criminal records show that Saatio:

  • Charged in Clark County, Nev., in 2014 with failing to follow sex-offender registration laws. Saatio listed a Las Vegas address at that time. There may be warrants for his arrest in Nevada.
  • Imprisoned in Florida for about three years for a 2009 burglary and failing to register as a sex offender.
  • Jailed in Michigan for 72 days in 1998 for breaking and entering.

Saatio is 6 feet, 185 to 190 pounds. He is bald or balding and wears glasses.

According to a Santa Rosa County press release, deputies with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office have been searching the area with the assistance of K-9 units. Several other Law Enforcement Agencies assisted along with a helicopter.

Saatio was described as a white male, 6’ tall with thinning brown hair, blue eyes, a goatee and visible tattoos. He was last seen wearing civilian clothing.

The search continues even though the Sheriff’s department has information leading them to believe he may have left Santa Rosa County.

Anyone who has any information related to this individual is urged to call 911 immediately.

John Wesley Saatio

  • White Male 6’tall 186 lbs
  • Brown receding hair, Blue eyes
  • DOB: 9-18-1980
  • Visible tattoos and facial hair

This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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John W. Saatio

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John W. Saatio

John W. Saatio

John W. Saatio

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