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Inmate walks away from work detail

July 25, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN

Police were searching Wednesday for a Maryland Correctional Training Center inmate who drove off from a work detail earlier this week.

Raymous Little, 43, was last seen Monday at a Washington County Roads Department shop on National Pike at 1:35 p.m., according to Sgt. Dave Bowers of the Maryland State Police.

Police believe Little escaped in a Chevrolet truck that was parked in the shop's lot, Bowers said.

A retake warrant has been issued for Little, who has family in the Baltimore area, Bowers said.

Troopers do not think Little stayed in Washington County, Bowers said.

Little was serving an 18-month sentence for theft, a Division of Correction spokeswoman said.

Police should have alerted the public to the escape through the media Monday, but did not due to an oversight, Hagerstown Barrack Commander Lt. Rick Narron said.

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"I can only guess it was because we were somewhat busy that evening," Narron said.

Troopers provided information Wednesday in response to requests from The Herald-Mail.

Inmates on work detail were cleaning the shop when a correctional officer who was guarding the group noticed that one of the men was missing, said Ed Plank, director of the highway department.

An employee left keys on the floorboard of a personal truck, which also was missing, Plank said.

"He had probably been scoping this out for a while," Plank said.

Little is described as a black man with black hair and brown eyes, about 6 feet tall and 220 pounds, Bowers said.

The stolen truck is a white 1995 Chevrolet S-10 pickup with Maryland registration 15066K, Bowers said.

According to Maryland State Police records, the last time a prisoner walked off from a work detail was in April 2006, Bowers said.

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