Multi-hour standoff leads to arrest of missing inmate in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Neb. – An inmate who went missing from the Community Corrections Center-Lincoln was apprehended in Columbus Monday night.

The Columbus Police Department was able to track 37-year-old Eric Kluthe to a residence in the 3100 block of 21st Street in Columbus. After approximately 3 and a half hours, Kluthe was taken into custody without incident, according to Columbus PD.

The Nebraska Department of Corrections said Kluthe did not return to his place of employment after a scheduled lunch break on Thursday.

Kluthe’s sentence started March 25, 2020. He was sentenced three years on charges out of Platte County that include strangulation and third-degree domestic assault. He had a tentative release date of June 23, 2021.

CCC-L is one of two community custody facilities operated by NDCS. Community custody is the lowest custody level and the least restrictive facility. Inmates are allowed to participate in work opportunities, attend school and religious services with prior approval and without direct supervision.

The Platte County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol assisted at the scene.