Police seek 2 escapees of Hickey School

October 26, 1994|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun Staff Writer

Area police today continue their search for two residents of the Charles Hickey School at Cub Hill, Baltimore County, who escaped from a van yesterday that was returning them to the school following an appearance in court, said the state police.

When last seen, the two were handcuffed and leg shackled together, causing police to wonder how they could escape undetected or unaided. A third teen-ager who escaped was later returned to the school by his grandparents. All three face escape charges, police said.

The escape occurred less than two miles from the school. Police said the three youths were being driven back to the school at 1:45 p.m. by van and were in the custody of school officers Petra Killikelly and Joseph Whitaker, when the officers stopped at the Popeye's restaurant and carry-out at East Joppa Road and Waltham Woods Road to get something to eat.

The men entered the eatery, leaving the vehicle locked but unattended, an apparent violation of Hickey rules, police said. While the officers were inside, the youths kicked the van's locked rear door open and escaped.

Two of the escapees, an 18-year-old from the 8900 block of Charbank Lane in Middle River and a 16-year-old from the 2400 block of W. Lombard St. in Baltimore, were handcuffed and leg shackled together, police said. The third youth, a resident of the first block of Westway North in Dundalk, Baltimore County, was handcuffed.

Witnesses told police they last saw the trio climb over a retaining wall that separates Popeye's from the Carney Crab House and were seen headed toward the North Plaza Mall. After the two officers learned of the escape, they notified school officials. Within minutes, state and Baltimore County police and school officers were searching for the three escapees and interviewing pedestrians and motorists who may have seen them. State police were unable to say for what reason the three youths were in court yesterday, but that one of them, the West Lombard Street teen-ager, had been convicted of assaulting a police officer. They said the Dundalk youth, who was returned by relatives, had arrived at the Hickey School Monday.

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