Woman charged with aiding escape

October 07, 1997


Staff Writer

Just hours after a prison escapee was captured Sunday night, an alleged accomplice turned herself in, Maryland State Police said Monday.

Teal Allegra Messersmith, 18, of 11318 Youngstoun Drive, Apt. 1503, was charged with aiding in an escape, harboring an escapee and being an accessory after the fact, according to Trooper First Class Kyle George.

She was released after posting $25,000 bond, court records showed.

Messersmith turned herself at 11:25 p.m. Sunday at the state police barracks, George said.

She was accused of driving the car that picked up Joseph Larry Burr Friday from a work detail near Rohrersville, police said.


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 Sunday 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.

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 and has ties to the Noland Village area in Hagerstown.

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

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

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