City escapee captured by authorities in S.C.

September 08, 2007

After a 25-hour manhunt, sheriff's deputies in Florence, S.C., captured a convicted armed robber yesterday who had slipped out of his leg shackles at a downtown Baltimore courthouse and escaped last month.

Police in Florence said they received a tip several days ago that Marvin Ray Jordan, 24, was in their area. Officers tracked him to a motel off Interstate 95 about 6 p.m. Thursday. A Florence police spokesman said Jordan managed to elude officers and was driven away by a friend in a rental vehicle.

That sparked a brief police chase up I-95, Tucker said, ending with Jordan running into the woods. Police cordoned off the woods near the interstate yesterday, according to Capt. Todd Tucker, a spokesman for the Florence sheriff's office.

The Florence Morning News reported on its Web site that Jordan was captured about 7 p.m. and was "shirtless and barefoot except for black dress socks."

Jordan escaped from Baltimore authorities Aug. 6 as he was being loaded with five other inmates into a prison van in the underground parking garage at Courthouse East on North Calvert Street. Police said he managed to slip out of leg restraints and flee. He was serving a four-year sentence for armed robbery.

Lt. Sam Cogen of the Baltimore City Sheriff's Office said his office tracked Jordan to South Carolina and initially tipped Florence police. Cogen could not say if Jordan had family in South Carolina but added that more information would be provided Monday.

"There will be more arrests in the case," Cogen said.

He said extradition hearings are scheduled to begin Monday in Florence.

In 2006, Jordan walked away from a work release detail at the Maryland State Police barracks in Waterloo, in Howard County, police have said.

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