Police Arrest 1 Of 2 Escapees

September 24, 1991|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff writer

County police have captured one of the two men who escaped from security guards at District Court in Annapolis three weeks ago.

A District Court commissioner ordered Donald Lelander Curtis, 21, held without bond after police found him in a Glen Burnie neighborhood yesterday morning.

County police spokesman V. Richard Molloy said police received a tip that Curtis, who escaped from police custody Sept. 3, was in Faywood Court in Glen Burnie.

Officer William Selander followed up on the tip and found Curtis at about 10:30 a.m., Molloy said.

When Selander began questioning him, Curtis gave him a false name before running away from the officer, he said. Selander chased Curtis into an apartment building and brought him to Northern District precinct, where he was charged with escape and resisting arrest, Molloy said.

Curtis is being held at the county detention center.

Anthony James Freeland, 20, who escaped from the Annapolis courts building with Curtis, is still at large.

The pair escaped while getting out of a vanbehind District Court on Taylor Avenue with five other inmates from the jail.

Detention center officials say they think Freeland had concealed a key in his mouth and used it to open the pair's handcuffs during the ride from the County Detention Center to court.

Freeland was being held on bonds of $5,000 for robbery with a deadly weapon,$250 for failing to appear in court on a traffic charge and $2,500 for failing to appear in court on a theft charge. He was being held without bond on a fourth charge of robbery with a deadly weapon. Freeland has a previous record of escape from a Pennsylvania jail.

Curtis was being held at the time of his escape on bonds of $30,000 for robbery with a deadly weapon, $20,000 for burglary and $15,000 for possession of narcotics.

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