County police say a man who escaped from police custody in Septembermay be responsible for as many as 10 armed robberies in the last twomonths.
Detectives have stepped up their search for Anthony JamesFreeland, 20, whom they say has robbed five businesses in North County, said Sgt. George Johnson, head of the robbery squad.
Johnson said witnesses identified Freeland as the man who robbed Sunset Liquors in Glen Burnie Oct. 31, a Subway restaurant in Maryland City Oct. 30, a Subway restaurant in Hanover Oct. 22, and the Subway restaurant in Sun Valley Oct. 30.
"He has worked alone or in some cases with an accomplice," Johnson said.
Freeland, who has a prior escape charge from a Pennsylvania jail, escaped Sept. 3 after he was brought to District Court in Annapolis for trial with several other inmates from the County Detention Center. When two Wackenhut Security Services armed guards parked the van outside the courthouse at about 8 a.m. and opened the door, Freeland and with another inmate jumped out and ran.
Freeland had his hands bound in front of him and attached to a waist chain when he escaped. He was wearing leg irons. The second escapee, Donald Leander Curtis, 21, was handcuffed to other inmates in the van.
Officials believe that although the men were searched, they managed to conceal a key and release their handcuffs during the ride to court.
Curtis was recaptured Sept. 23.