Robbery suspect escapes custody

He slips out of leg shackles in courthouse garage

August 07, 2007|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,Sun reporter

A convicted armed robber slipped out of his leg shackles yesterday and fled from a downtown Baltimore courthouse, the second time in a year that he has escaped from custody.

Marvin Ray Jordan, 24, was being loaded with five others into a prison van in the underground parking garage of Courthouse East about 12:45 p.m. when he dodged three correctional officers and ran south on Guilford Avenue, a Division of Correction spokesman said.

Jordan is serving a four-year sentence for a January 2006 armed robbery conviction. He was in Baltimore Circuit Court yesterday charged in an armed robbery in November, 11 weeks after he escaped from a Jessup facility.

George Gregory, the prison spokesman, said correctional officers think Jordan was still handcuffed in front of his body when he fled. He had not been arrested by last night.

Jordan pleaded guilty in January 2006 to armed robbery. He was serving his time at the Herman L. Toulson Boot Camp in Jessup, a minimum-security and pre-release facility.

Gregory said Jordan had been on a work-release detail Aug. 28 at the Maryland State Police Waterloo barrack when he walked off.

On Nov. 13, a man wearing all black and carrying a small black revolver held up the Family Dollar store on North Avenue. Charging documents say the man pointed the gun at a cashier, who gave him $228.

An employee described Jordan, the documents state, and he was arrested Nov. 17. His new trial date is unclear.

Jordan pleaded guilty in June to a charge related to the August 2006 escape and is to be sentenced in September in Baltimore County Circuit Court.

His address is in the 7200 block of McClean Blvd. in Northeast Baltimore.

Gregory said prison officials are investigating how Jordan was able to free himself from the leg irons.

This is the second time in a year that a detainee has slipped out of restraints at a Baltimore courthouse and eluded correctional officer escorts and sheriff's deputies who are posted at every entrance.

In December, while awaiting trial in a string of carjackings, Keith Ray fled the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse.

Two officers on State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy's executive protection team chased Ray down and arrested him a few blocks from the courthouse.

julie.bykowicz@baltsun.com

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