Man who escaped prison bus recaptured

October 04, 1991

A 48-year-old jailed murderer has been captured more than three months after he escaped from authorities through the rear of a prison bus that had stopped at a red light downtown.

Levi Arthur Hudson, who was serving a life plus 20-year sentence for a double murder in 1968, was arrested without incident by FBI agents about 2 p.m. yesterday in an apartment in the 6600 block of St. Vincent's Lane in West Baltimore, the bureau said.

"It was just good police work" that led to his arrest, said James Dearborn, an FBI spokesman.

Another inmate who fled with Hudson, George Edward Jolly, 57, was arrested Aug. 12 by city police. He was serving a life sentence for beating a 31-year-old East Baltimore woman to death with a hammer in 1972.

On July 1 about 2:30 p.m., prison officials said, Hudson and Jolly escaped through the rear door of a state prison bus carrying 35 inmates when it stopped at a red light at Ensor and Hillen streets.

At the time, Hudson and Jolly were minimum-security inmates, who were returning to the Baltimore City Detention Center from the Maryland House of Corrections in Jessup, where they made furniture. Because they were minimum-security inmates, they weren't shackled in leg irons or other restraints. Their guard was unarmed.

Hudson was scheduled for a possible parole hearing in February and Jolly in September, a prison spokesman said. They are back in prison.

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