Inmate reported missing--5 1/2 hours later

November 21, 1990|By Roger Twigg

A Baltimore City Jail inmate who disappeared Monday from the District Court building on Wabash Avenue was not reported missing to the police for 5 1/2 hours after his absence was discovered, according to police reports.

Brian Joseph Brown, 25, of the 2500 block of Lauretta Avenue, West Baltimore, who was being held in lieu of $80,000 bond on narcotics and weapons charges, remained at large yesterday, the police said.

According to police reports, City Jail officers had taken Mr. Brown to the District Court building in the 5800 block of Wabash Avenue with a number of other inmates Monday afternoon. After attending a preliminary hearing in Courtroom No. 5 between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., the prisoner was discovered missing from a temporary detention cell.

However, jail officials did not notify city police that Mr. Brown apparently had escaped until 9:30 p.m.

There was no explanation given for the delay in reporting the alleged escape. Barbara A. Bostick, the jail commissioner, was unavailable for comment. Tracey Brown, the aide to Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke who city officials say is the only other person authorized to make public information about the jail, was not at work yesterday, according to her office.

The inmate's disappearance is the latest in a series of recent incidents that have made the jail an almost constant source of embarrassment for the Schmoke administration. This year, the jail has been the scene of a murder, two escapes, one attempted escape and the theft of drugs.

Perhaps the most celebrated incident occurred in April, when jail officials reported that a man being held on $2.5 million bail had escaped. After a three-day manhunt, he was found to have been in his cell all along.

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