Grand jury indicts convicted rapist in 1976 escape from state prison

January 08, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A convicted rapist who vanished from the Maryland House of Corrections 23 years ago was charged yesterday with escape, after officials who arrested him on a new charge last fall learned prison officials also sought him.

Harvey Jones, 44, was taken from the prison in Jessup to the University of Maryland Hospital on Aug. 3, 1976, for a 9: 30 a.m. appointment and disappeared from there, said Anne Arundel County prosecutors. He had served about 2 1/2 years of a 10-year sentence for raping a 26-year-old housewife.

Where he was for two decades is unknown, although he may have been in South Carolina part of the time, prosecutors say.

An Anne Arundel County grand jury indicted him yesterday on one count of escape. A conviction could add as much as a decade to the 10 years he started serving Jan. 16, 1974.

He is now at the state prison in Hagerstown, said Dave Towers, a spokesman for the Department of Corrections.

Jones, of the 1100 block of Orleans St. in Baltimore, was arrested in Baltimore on Sept. 8, 1999. He was charged with assault with intent to rape and held without bond. The assault charge was dropped in District Court in October when he was returned to state prison officials.

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