Suspect Flees Into School, Is Captured

July 10, 2009|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,

About 200 students were rushed out of a city school Thursday morning after a drug suspect fled police and ran into the Southeast Baltimore building, officials said.

After more than six hours of searching, police located the man hiding in a cabinet under a sink on the second floor of William Paca Elementary School and took him into custody without incident. Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman, said police kept looking after determining through camera footage that the man had entered the school but had not left.

The suspect, identified as 26-year-old Keon Earl, was arrested on an open warrant for a probation violation. Records show he was indicted in December on drug charges and is awaiting trial. He has three prior indictments on drug charges and was placed on probation in May 2007 after pleading guilty to a drug charge.

About 10 a.m., police received a call that someone was selling drugs in the area of North Lakewood Avenue and located a man who matched the suspect's description. Officers stopped the man, determined he was unarmed and ran a warrant check. "He got antsy," said Donny Moses, a police spokesman. "When he came across an opportunity to run, he took off in the direction of the school."

School staff confirmed that an adult male had darted into the building. The school was immediately locked down and one police official said authorities secured the area within 45 seconds. The department's SWAT and police dog units were called to the scene.

The students were taken to the nearby Patterson Park branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, where they were given lunch.

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