Escapees arrested in North East

November 18, 1990

Two men who escaped from the Eastern Pre-Release Unit in Queen Anne's County in June were arrested yesterday morning by state police in North East.

John Lewis Williams, 30, and John Edward Perry, 29, were picked up from a house after a source told police where they were. The two men were taken to the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup, where they will face escape charges, said Sgt. Gregory M. Shipley, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Sergeant Shipley said Williams had been in prison since 1984, serving 15 years for second-degree rape and robbery. Perry also had been in prison since 1984, serving 10 years for robbery with a deadly weapon, assault and battery, and for carrying a dangerous weapon.

At the time of their escape, both men were being held in the Pre-Release Unit in Church Hill on the Eastern Shore. Pre-release prisoners generally have a year or less left to serve, and many hold jobs outside prison.

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