Inmate escapes in Annapolis

Police use helicopters and dogs to search area

April 06, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A prisoner scheduled for trial next week on charges including attempted murder escaped from the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on Jennifer Road yesterday afternoon by scaling a 20-foot-high razor-wire fence.

He left behind a shoe and a trail of blood, authorities said.

Police were searching last night for the 23-year-old fugitive, Derrick Dion Jones, whose last address was in the 200 block of Zepplin Ave. in the North Arundel community of Pumphrey.

He escaped from a recreation yard by climbing a razor-wire fence, jumping onto the roof of a housing unit and climbing down another razor-wire fence into a passage between the jail perimeter and West Annapolis fire station.

Jones is charged with shooting a 61-year-old Annapolis woman during a Christmas Eve robbery. He is described as black, 6 feet 4 inches tall, 210 pounds and wearing a green jumpsuit.

Dogs and helicopters were used to search along U.S. 50 near the jail and in nearby areas.

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