Escapee captured at McDonald's

October 05, 1997


Staff Writer

A man who escaped from prison work detail in Rohrersville Friday was captured Sunday night, according to the Baltimore County Police Department.

Joseph Larry Burr, 23, was serving a 12-year sentence for armed robbery and auto theft at the Maryland Correctional Training Center south of Hagerstown.

Cpl. Art Nilsen, a spokesman for the Baltimore County Police Department, said officers received an anonymous tip that Burr was eating dinner at a McDonald's on Dundalk Avenue, which is in the southeastern part of the county.


When Officer Gary Brown arrived just after 8 p.m., Burr was eating with two other people, Nilsen said.

"He offered no resistance, no problem," he said.

Nilsen said police will hold Burr until the Maryland State Police take him back to prison.

"Generally speaking, it's just a matter of waiting for a trooper to come get him and run him back up the road," he said.

Burr is originally from Baltimore but has ties to the Tri-State area, according to authorities. He has relatives in Shepherdstown and Harpers Ferry in West Virginia. He also has ties to the Noland Village area in Hagerstown.

When he was arrested, he told police he lived in Hagerstown, Nilsen said.

Burr, who had served five years of his 12-year sentence, had a parole hearing scheduled for April 18. He was in the pre-release program of the Maryland Correctional Training Center.

When he escaped Friday, he was seen leaving the area in a white vehicle with West Virginia tags. A white woman was driving the vehicle.

Nilsen said police did not make any other arrests in connection with the escape Sunday night.

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