Two Anne Arundel County men, one of whom has a prior escape record, escaped about 8 a.m. today while being transported from the county's detention center to the District Court building in Annapolis.
County police spokesman V. Richard Molloy said Anthony James Freeland, 20, of Severn, and Donald Curtis, 21, of Glen Burnie, escaped while being taken to District Court for trial.
They remained at large and police were searching, Molloy said.
Molloy said the two men managed to slip free of their handcuffs while being taken to the courthouse by a private security firm used by the county. As a guard was unloading prisoners, the two took off running through a woods toward the city of Annapolis.