Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

WEST COUNTY --

August 12, 1993

Man who left work release is arrested

A Crofton man who had been sought by police for more than two weeks after he failed to return to the county detention center from work release allegedly fled as an officer tried to arrest him yesterday morning at his home. He was captured after a 30-minute chase.

Donald Roy Thompson Jr., 25, of the 2300 block of Davidsonville Road was returned to the detention center yesterday morning, where he will face an additional charge of escaping from confinement, police said.

Thompson had been serving a six-month sentence for violating probation on a theft charge when he failed to return from his work-release job July 24 at 8 p.m., as he had been instructed. A county police officer served an arrest warrant at Thompson's home at 8 a.m. yesterday.

The officer handcuffed Thompson, escorted him to the cruiser and was unlocking the door when police said he fled.

Thompson is accused of running into woods between Davidsonville and Bell Branch roads. He was captured in a soybean field after seven officers chased him for a half hour.

Thompson, who was wearing shorts, received some cuts on his legs caused by vegetation.

POLICE LOG

* Odenton: The left rear tire and hubcap valued at $100 was stolen from a 1993 Nissan, while the car was parked on the lot of an apartment complex in the 500 block of Placid Court between 11 p.m. Monday night and 6 a.m. Tuesday.

* Crofton: Central air conditioning units valued at $1,500 were stolen from a house under construction in the 2800 block of Brite Court between 4 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday.

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