Hearing due for recaptured escapee Fugitive on 15 most-wanted list was featured on television show.

August 14, 1991|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff

A bond hearing was set for Friday for a fugitive who was captured in Baltimore this week after being featured on the television program "America's Most Wanted."

Michael Antonio Lucas, 32, who was captured Monday by federal marshals, is being held at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

Lucas had been on the U.S. Marshal Service's 15 most-wanted fugitives list.

Marshals captured him at Monument and Milton streets after receiving tips that he had been seen in Baltimore in a green van. A surveillance was organized and between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Monday, marshals spotted a van matching the description.

As marshals moved in to make the arrest, Lucas attempted to reach for a .38-caliber pistol that was in his right front pocket, authorities said. After the arrest, a Mach II pistol was recovered from the back seat of the van, authorities said.

Lucas has been charged as a felon in possession of a weapon. Escape charges could come later.

In 1985, Lucas was convicted of second-degree murder in the slaying of Thomas Morrison of the District of Columbia. A Superior Court judge sentenced him to 20 years to life in federal prison. He was sent to the Lorton, Va., correctional facility.

In July 1990, Lucas was transferred to the Frio County Jail in Pearsall, Texas. On Nov. 10, 1990, Lucas and three other inmates escaped by cutting a hole in the wire covering the facilities recreational area.

All of the escapees but one have now been caught, authorities said.

Yesterday, at an arraignment in the federal courthouse downtown, Lucas told Judge Deborah K. Chasanow that he hadn't been employed since 1983, had no assets and wanted a public defender to represent him on the new charges.

Before the television show broadcast over the Fox network, authorities had no luck finding him. His case was featured on the program July 12.

Richard Bennett, the U.S. attorney for Maryland, said that with Lucas' arrest, marshals have "removed one of the most dangerous individuals from the streets."

Besides to the weapons charges in Baltimore, Lucas faces escape charges in two outstanding warrants from Texas and Virginia.

Freddie Artis, 32, also was in the van when Lucas was arrested. He has been charged with being a felon in possession of a handgun and harboring a fugitive.

Authorities said Artis was known to have visited Lucas at Lorton.

Grand jury indictments could come within the next 10 days, authorities said.

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