A 20-year-old man being held on a probation violation charge is accused of escaping from the city's Central District police lockup yesterday by crawling through a ceiling duct and kicking out a wall, police said.
Officer Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman, said Aaron Bryan Roberts is accused of diverting the attention of a guard to get out of the lockup in the 500 block of E. Baltimore St., near police headquarters.
City police arrested Mr. Roberts Friday on a charge that he
violated his probation stemming from his recent release from jail on a manslaughter charge. He was charged yesterday with escape.
Officer Weinhold said Mr. Roberts asked to make a telephone call about 12:30 p.m. and diverted the guard's attention in a hallway after leaving his cell.
The spokesman said a prisoner removed two ceiling tiles, climbed to a duct and crawled to a dead-end wall.
He apparently kicked a hole in the wall, jumped into a stairwell and ran out a set of double doors to Gay Street, the spokesman said.
Officer Weinhold said an internal investigation is under way to determine how the man, who police said they consider dangerous, escaped. Police could provide no details last night on the manslaughter charge.
Mr. Roberts' last known address was in the 1700 block of N. Warwick Ave. in West Baltimore.
He is described as a black male, 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 175 pounds, and wearing a multitone brown shirt and khaki pants.