Escape from Spring Grove


August 29, 2007

Police and federal agents in two states were seeking a 32-year-old man charged with burglary, theft and rape who escaped early yesterday from Spring Grove State Hospital in Catonsville, a state police investigator said.

Paul D. McGlothlin, who has addresses in Harford County and Delta, Pa., was being held at the Harford County Detention Center awaiting trial on burglary and theft charges when a court ordered him Aug. 14 to the hospital for treatment, said Cpl. James DeCourcey, the criminal investigation division supervisor at the Bel Air barracks.

DeCourcey said a warrant is on file charging McGlothlin with an earlier rape in Pennsylvania.

About 2 a.m. yesterday, McGlothlin escaped from the hospital through a window and was reportedly seen later in the day in Baltimore and Harford counties, DeCourcey said.

McGlothlin is white, 5-feet-10, 220 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes, a goatee and a mustache. He may have fresh scratches or lacerations on his right bicep and forearm.

DeCourcey said McGlothlin is considered dangerous and has assaulted police. Anyone with information is urged to call 911.

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