Authorities hunt inmate who escaped from Jessup

CRIME WATCH

April 15, 2006|By GREG GARLAND

Authorities were searching yesterday for a 20-year-old inmate who cut a hole through a fence to escape from a a minimum security prison in Jessup.

Priscilla Doggett, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Division of Correction, said Morris Johnson was discovered missing during a routine count at the Jessup Pre-Release Unit about 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Johnson has been in jail since November 2004, when he received a seven-year sentence for unarmed robbery, she said.

His last known address was in Berlin on the Eastern Shore, she said.

Doggett said officers conducting a perimeter check found a section of the perimeter fence had been cut, and they believe that is how Johnson escaped.

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