Prison escapee gives up after standoff with police

December 24, 1990

An escapee from the state prison system's pre-release unit who apparently called police to arrange his surrender instead drew a gun and then holed up in a Northwest Baltimore home for nearly an hour, authorities said.

William White, 29, had been serving a 20-year sentence for second-degree murder and escaped from the pre-release unit on Greenmount Avenue in October.

Police said that the fugitive called the Northwestern District yesterday and reported that he wanted to surrender.

When two patrol officers arrived at a home in the 4400 block of Belvieu Avenue, where White was renting a room, they said a man came out to the front lawn and pulled a handgun.

Officers fired several shots at the man, but he managed to avoid injury and run back into the house.

Police said the man's gun malfunctioned, and he was unable to fire at the officers.

The man remained in the house for nearly an hour before he agreed to surrender. He walked out about 4:20 p.m. and was arrested without further trouble, police said.

White was charged with escape and two counts of assault for allegedly aiming his gun at police officers.

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