2nd fugitive is arrested at mother's home in West Baltimore

July 22, 1994|By Melody Simmons and Kate Shatzkin | Melody Simmons and Kate Shatzkin,Sun Staff Writers

Police yesterday arrested John A. Wagner, a fugitive since escaping with another inmate from the Baltimore City Detention Center nine days ago.

Mr. Wagner was arrested without incident at his mother's home in West Baltimore. A spokesman said that a tip led officers to the house.

Mr. Wagner, 21, and Edward G. Cooper, 32, escaped July 13 through a third-floor window facing Constitution Street, and down a 70-foot rope that had been fashioned from bedsheets. A hacksaw had been used to cut through a security grille in their dormitory space, giving the escapers access to a walkway and the outside window.

Mr. Cooper was arrested last Thursday in Northeast Baltimore.

Mr. Cooper, whose last known address was the 800 block of N. Broadway, had been awaiting trial since April in lieu of $180,000 bail on armed robbery and assault charges. He has been under super maximum security since being recaptured.

Mr. Wagner, of the first block of S. Monroe St., had been held for nearly one year in lieu of $150,000 bail on charges stemming from the armed robbery of a business.

The escape, the first at the Baltimore City Detention Center since the state took over daily operations of the facility three years ago, prompted Mr. Flanagan to order extra security measures at the Jail Industries Building last week.

Mr. Flanagan ordered that 2-foot high steel plates be welded to the security grilles surrounding all dormitories in the building to prevent prisoners from cutting through the grilles without being seen.

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