Homicide suspect, 25, escapes from city police headquarters

September 28, 1996|By John Rivera | John Rivera,SUN STAFF

Baltimore police were searching last night for a West Baltimore man who escaped from the homicide unit at police headquarters while being questioned in the death of his girlfriend's daughter.

It was the second escape of a suspect from police headquarters this year.

Joenathan Porter, 25, of the 1300 block of N. Carey St. has been charged in a warrant with first-degree murder in the death of 9-month-old Brandi Ingram, said police spokesman Sam Ringgold.

Homicide detectives received a call about 2: 30 a.m. yesterday from doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center who said they were treating a 9-month-old-girl for severe head injuries and that it did not appear likely she would survive. Brandi died that morning.

At 3: 30 a.m., homicide detectives brought Porter to police headquarters on East Baltimore Street for questioning. He is the boyfriend of Brandi's mother, Tasha Ingram, 25.

Detectives interviewed Porter several times and checked on him several times in the interrogation room, Ringgold said. Porter was last seen in the room at 11: 15 a.m. In a check about a half-hour later, he was gone, the spokesman said.

Police officials were conducting an internal review to determine whether procedures for interviewing and detaining suspects were followed or if any additional measures need to be instituted, Ringgold said.

"It's not clear if someone was getting lax in procedures or if he was just a crafty individual," Ringgold said.

Tasha Ingram was not charged in the case. However, she was being held last night on an outstanding child abuse warrant involving one of her other five children, police said.

In March, a man arrested in four bank holdups slipped out of handcuffs and walked out of an interview room at police headquarters.

Thomas Y. Hooper, 45, of the 2900 block of Goodnow Road managed to sneak by two city detectives and two FBI agents who were talking about the case in a hallway. Two Southeastern District officers arrested Hooper a month later near a bank.

Pub Date: 9/28/96

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