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Location of inmate's capture reconfigured

June 07, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

Maryland Division of Correction spokesman George Gregory said Monday that Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown inmate John Gange, who allegedly escaped from the prison's kitchen at about 9:45 a.m. Thursday, was captured in a housing development near state-owned property, not on it.

Gregory said Thursday and reaffirmed Sunday that Gange, who was serving a 25-year sentence for an assault conviction, was arrested on state property.

Gregory said Monday that Gange originally was spotted near state property and ran into a nearby neighborhood. He was captured on Bettys Avenue, Gregory said.

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Gregory said the exact location and details of the capture were omitted Thursday when he spoke about the incident with a correctional officer, whose name he did not release. Gregory said it was a concern that he was not provided with "precise information."

"A few feet or a few yards can make a huge difference," Gregory said.

Mark A. Vernarelli, director of public information for the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said Monday that the Division of Correction canine team went to great lengths to capture Gange.

Vernarelli said Lt. Mark Tyler saw Gange in a creek. Gange ran toward a housing development when he realized he was spotted, Vernarelli said. Tyler swam across the creek, pursued Gange up a bank, through trees and into the residential area, where the inmate was handcuffed, Vernarelli said.

Susan Johnson, a resident of the development where Gange allegedly was captured, said she saw a man being handcuffed in her neighbor's yard and was surprised at reports that an escaped inmate had been taken into custody on state grounds.

"He was in our neighborhood. Dogs ran all through the back of my property," Johnson said.

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