Inmate flees Glen Burnie road work site

West Baltimore man, 31, is captured minutes later

April 11, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

An Anne Arundel County inmate walked away from a work detail in Glen Burnie yesterday afternoon but was quickly captured by county police, authorities said.

Walter Patterson, 31, an inmate at the Ordnance Road jail who is from West Baltimore, was working road construction with a county public works crew on Dover Road near Chatham Office Park when he apparently walked away from the job site about 12:40 p.m., officials said.

County police found Patterson, who was wearing a blue work uniform, near Ritchie Highway and Dover Road about 15 minutes later, said Officer Charles Ravenell, a county police spokesman.

He was taken into custody without incident, Ravenell said. "The officer called his name, and he came right over," he said.

Ordnance Road administrator Bill Martin said Patterson was serving a 30-day sentence for a misdemeanor theft conviction and had been working with county public works crews who had supervised him since April 5. His sentence would have been completed Sunday, Martin said.

Patterson has been charged with escape and will be held at the Jennifer Road detention center until trial.

Martin said Patterson told officials that he was upset about the death of a loved one and walked away from the job site, saying he wasn't going to work anymore.

According to authorities, including Martin, yesterday's incident was not nearly as serious as the escape Thursday of an inmate who was awaiting trial for attempted murder.

Officials said Derrick Dion Jones scaled two razor-wire fences at the Jennifer Road detention center. Annapolis city police found Jones in a trash bin Saturday.

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