Two prisoners escape outside courthouse

September 03, 1991|By Monica Norton | Monica Norton,Evening Sun Staff

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.

Police brought in dogs, but because the area toward which the men were last seen headed is heavily populated, the dogs lost the scent, Molloy said.

Freeland, who is 6 feet 1 inch and weighs 190 pounds, was last seen wearing a dark, hooded sweat shirt. Richard Baker, superintendent of the county detention center, said Freeland was being held without bond in connection with his escape from a Pennsylvania correctional facility.

Curtis, who is 5 feet 10 inches and weighs 170 pounds, was last seen wearing a blue and white horizontally striped shirt. Both men were to appear in court today on numerous charges including robbery, theft, assault, and possession of narcotics, Baker said.

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