Armed escapee from hospital at large

January 07, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff

A man who escaped from the prisoner ward at Johns Hopkins Hospital last night and fired at pursuing police remained at large today.

The patient-prisoner, Oswald Gerald Trayham, 20, address unknown, was being guarded by an Eastern District police officer in an eighth-floor room about 6 p.m. when he bolted from his bed after eating dinner, knocked the officer to the floor and took his .38-caliber service revolver.

After holding the officer at bay for a few moments and ordering the policeman to give up his uniform jacket, Trayham also removed the battery from the officer's portable two-way radio before fleeing the room.

Police said Trayham had been in the hospital since his arrest on HTC a charge of possession of a handgun Friday. During the arrest, police said, he struggled with the arresting officer.

After he was arrested, Trayham had told police he was paralyzed. He was was taken to the hospital for tests and examinations.

After escaping from his room, Trayham accosted a hospital security officer and forced him to remove his uniform pants.

Dressed in the jacket of the police officer and the pants of the security guard and armed with the police officer's revolver, Trayham left the hospital and was seen running away by a police officer who was on his way into the hospital to relieve the patrolman who had been guarding Trayham.

Police said Trayham fired two shots at the officer but missed him.

Two other officers joined in the foot chase, police said, and were shot at two or more times by Trayham. Again, the shots missed.

None of the officers returned fire.

In a few minutes, the neighborhoods around the hospital were filled with police and at least two K-9 units.

Police said a man answering Trayham's description was seen entering a vacant building on Rutland Avenue, but a search produced no results.

When last seen, Trayham, who is black, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds, still was wearing the officers' clothes.

Police said Trayham probably discarded the uniform at the first opportunity, but he should be considered armed.

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