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MCTC escapee wounded in Fla.

March 30, 2000|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

CLEARWATER, Fla. - An inmate who escaped from the Maryland Correctional Training Center earlier this month was wounded by sheriff's deputies in Florida as he tried to carjack a vehicle being driven by an 83-year-old man Tuesday, according to Marianne Pasha, spokeswoman for the North Pinellas County Sheriff's Department.

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George Malcolm Brown, 34, was listed in fair condition Thursday evening at the Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Fla., Pasha said.

Brown was serving a 10-year sentence for a robbery committed in the Baltimore area when he walked away from the prison south of Hagerstown on March 8.

He had been fueling state vehicles outside the MCTC fence at the time.

Brown was recaptured after he went to a Florida Department of Motor Vehicles office and attempted to get a driver's license using a false Social Security card, Pasha said.

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Clerks at the office realized the Social Security card was false, she said.

"The numbers didn't match up to the name and the name didn't match up to the numbers, Pasha said .

The employees called the Sheriff's Department and two deputies arrived shortly afterward, she said.

The deputies were preparing to handcuff Brown when he bolted out the door and ran across the parking lot toward a nearby shopping mall.

The deputies caught up with Brown in the mall parking lot, where he ignored their warning to stop, said Pasha.

Pasha said he attempted to steal a Ford Tempo driven by an 83-year-old man by putting the driver in a headlock. He pulled at the driver, whose seatbelt kept him from being jerked out of the car, which was rolling as they struggled, she said.

A deputy fire three shots at Brown, one of which grazed his hip.

Brown gave up on the Tempo and went to a nearby Buick stationwagon driven by an 82-year-old man.

Brown put that driver in a headlock, and as he tried to pull him from the car a deputy fired one shot from his 9 mm handgun, hitting Brown in the hip and abdomen. No one else was injured, Pasha said.

Deputies then pepper-sprayed the 6 foot, 7 inch, 245-pound Brown when he resisted arrest, she said.

Brown was under guard at the Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Fla., and was expected to recover, she said.

He was charged with carjacking, attempted carjacking and resisting arrest, she said.

She said authorities didn't know why Brown went to Florida, how he got there or where he stayed.

"It's all still in the process of investigation," she said. "There's a lot of questions we have no answers to."

Pasha said Florida authorities initially were unable to identify Brown and sent his fingerprints to the Federal Bureau of Investigation where they were matched to those of the Hagerstown escapee.

Before his escape, Brown had been scheduled to be released from MCTC in September.

His escape was the second at the medium security prison in nine months.

Raymond Eric Dodd Jr. was serving a 16-year term for armed robbery when he escaped from MCTC in July, fleeing to the Baltimore area where he had family.

He was recaptured there in October.

Officials at MCTC said Dodd managed to get away because of an inattentive employee who was terminated as a result.

Security measures at prison have increased since the incident, officials said.

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