Hop to freedom comes up short

March 10, 2001|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

The Easter Bunny made an early appearance in Annapolis yesterday -- in handcuffs.

A drug defendant on probation who was late for a hearing in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court bolted from the courtroom when he heard that a judge had issued an arrest warrant, said Sheriff George F. Johnson IV.

Courthouse deputies chased him into the nearby Maryland Inn and found him in a storage room -- climbing into a white bunny costume used for Easter brunch.

After a scuffle, Deputy Jack Lambert paraded the handcuffed rabbit , pom-pom tail bobbing, to the courthouse.

"Here I am, walking the Easter Bunny down South Street -- and his big pink ears are flopping around -- to the courthouse, and I could see ... all these faces pressed against the windows," Lambert said."I was afraid some school bus would come down the street and there would be kids crying that I was arresting the Easter Bunny."

Arrested was Zewan Montez Henriques, 22, of the 600 block of Tuckahoe Creek Court in Annapolis.

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