Police arrest 2 fugitives at motel in Halethorpe

September 13, 1994|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun Staff Writer

Acting on a tip, Baltimore County police entered a Halethorpe motel last night and arrested a man who escaped from Howard County authorities while on his way to an arraignment last week.

Two other people -- a man wanted by Anne Arundel County police, and a South Baltimore woman, also were arrested.

Shortly after Baltimore City police notified county police last night that the escapee, Richard Shrout, 23, was reportedly staying at Tim's Motel in the 4400 block of Washington Blvd., county officers arrived at the motel and knocked on the door of a room. When a woman asked who was there, the officers told her they wanted to talk to the man in the room. The woman then secured a chain lock and refused to open the door.

When the men allegedly attempted to flee through a bathroom window, they were thwarted when one of the officers standing at the window ordered them to give up.

Seconds later, two officers broke the front door down and arrested the woman and one of the men. The second man, police said, had hidden himself in the drop ceiling, which collapsed under his weight shortly after the officers entered the room.

Mr. Shrout was charged with escape. Wanted by Anne Arundel County police for breaking and entering and theft was the second man, Donald Barker, 23, of Havre de Grace. The woman, Holly Dunkerly, 21, of W. Ostend Street in the city, was charged with harboring a fugitive from justice and destruction of property.

All three were held by county police pending a bail hearing today before a District Court commissioner.

Mr. Shrout was expected to be turned over to Howard County authorities today, county police said.

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