City Detention Center's escaped slaying suspect remains on the loose Man used heating vents, rope of bedsheets to exit maximum-security facility

November 29, 1998|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

An accused killer remained on the run last night after managing a rare escape from the maximum-security Baltimore City Detention Center -- crawling through a heating vent and using bed sheets to lower himself to the ground from a south wall.

Emmanuel Clark, 21, of the 100 block of Luzerne Ave., had been awaiting trial since June 28, 1997, for the stabbing death of lTC 36-year-old bakery employee in East Baltimore.

The escape was noticed about 7: 25 p.m. Friday after Clark -- who uses the alias Emmanuel Koukoulis -- gained access to an outside wall by crawling through a heating vent from his cell on the second floor of the three-story men's detention center, said Barbara Cooper, a spokeswoman for the jail.

"He was able to lower himself to the ground using sheets fashioned into a rope," Cooper said. "The jail is currently under lock-down status -- no visitors, no movement of any kind in the jail until we find out what happened."

Clark Clark was charged with first-degree murder in the June 16, 1997, death of Louis Koch, a longtime employee of H&S Bakery. Koch was found stabbed in a bedroom of the house he rented in the 400 block of S. Madeira St.

Clark -- described as 6 foot 3 and 192 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair -- was the first person to escape from the center in more than a year.

In May 1997, Anthony Edward Rennick, also awaiting trial on murder charges, fled -- apparently by hiding in a food delivery truck -- but turned himself in two days later.

In August 1995, two prisoners escaped by climbing from the roof of the Jail Industries Building along a 30-foot rope made of bed sheets.

Both men were captured days later.

Pub Date: 11/29/98

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