Man who escaped from police at Hopkins Hospital recaptured

January 10, 1991|By Roger Twigg

A 20-year-old man who escaped from Johns Hopkins Hospital on Sunday after taking a gun from a city officer and shooting at four other officers was arrested yesterday on the roof of a house in East Baltimore, police said.

Oswald Gerald Trayham of the 700 block of Wharton Court was arrested about 10 a.m. by police who had received a tip that he was hiding in a house in the 1200 block of East Preston Street, said Dennis S. Hill, a police spokesman.

A .38-caliber revolver believed to belong to a city police officer was found in the chimney of the building where Mr. Trayham was captured, Mr. Hill said.

He said Mr. Trayham was taken to the Eastern District lockup, where he was charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of kidnapping, four counts of assault by shooting at police, a handgun violation and discharging a firearm within city limits.

He was awaiting a bail hearing last night, police said.

Charles Smith of the 1200 block East Preston Street was charged with harboring a fugitive, they said.

Mr. Trayham was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital last Friday after he complained of paralysis after being arrested on a gun charge.

No one was injured in an exchange of shots in the escape Sunday.

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