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MCTC inmate attempts to escape

June 04, 2005|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS and BRIAN SHAPPELL

Hours after prison authorities located one inmate who had disappeared, a second inmate attempted to escape early Friday.

Maryland Correctional Training Center prisoner Freddie Thompson, 21, was in a prison van returning from a work-release detail at the Four Points Sheraton in Hagerstown early Friday, said George Gregory, a spokesman for the state Division of Correction.

When the van pulled up to the prison gates about 1:43 a.m., Thompson jumped out, authorities alleged. Local law enforcement and prison officials took Thompson back into custody eight minutes later at the intersection of Roxbury Road and Md. 65/Sharpsburg Pike, Gregory said.

Gregory said it did not appear that guards failed to meet any security steps, although Thompson was not shackled at the time of the incident because he had met certain security clearances.

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The Maryland Correctional Training Center has minimum, medium and pre-release security levels, and Thompson was classified as a pre-release inmate who was set for release in October.

Gregory said Thompson was serving a four-year, four-month sentence on charges of cocaine possession and theft that originated out of Frederick County, Md.

On Thursday, a 44-year-old inmate at the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown was unaccounted for for nearly nine hours. The inmate had been assigned to work in a minimum-security kitchen area that serves the three prisons along Roxbury Road.

That inmate was found on state property near the prisons and taken into custody without incident, but only after some local schools were placed on lockdown.

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