'Most Wanted' to mention prison escapee

January 21, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- A convicted murderer who on Saturday escaped from a state prison south of Hagerstown and has not been found is featured on the Web site for the television show "America's Most Wanted."

The escapee, Kandelario Garcia-Ramos, 23, will be mentioned on the show Saturday evening, Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said Wednesday.

Garcia-Ramos, who was serving a 40-year sentence for first-degree murder in the December 2007 stabbing death of his former boss in Prince George's County, Md., apparently scaled two fences at the Maryland Correctional Institution between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. Saturday while his unit was moving to or from the dining hall for breakfast, a prisons spokesman has said.

The search for Garcia-Ramos continued Wednesday, Shipley said.

Law enforcement agencies nationwide and authorities at the borders have been notified of the escape, Shipley said.

Garcia-Ramos was born in Mexico, Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services spokesman Mark Vernarelli said Wednesday.


"It doesn't look like he had contacts on the outside," said Rick Binetti, executive director of communications for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Garcia-Ramos had no visitors during his time at the prison, a spokesman said.

MCI is a medium-security correctional facility at 18601 Roxbury Road, off Sharpsburg Pike.

Investigators have said Garcia-Ramos apparently got over two fences, a 12-foot fence and an outer 18-foot fence topped with razor wire.

Investigators believe Garcia-Ramos used clothing to cover the razor wire, Binetti said.

Prison officials said Garcia-Ramos had been at MCI-H since July 18 and was housed in the Antietam unit. He had no history of serious infractions while at MCI-H and was described as a generally cooperative loner.

Garcia-Ramos entered an Alford plea to first-degree murder in June in Prince George's County Circuit Court, according to court records. Under an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit guilt, but acknowledges the state has enough evidence to gain a conviction.

The Prince-George's County Gazette reported Garcia-Ramos was caught on tape stabbing his former boss at Two Brothers Tire City in Brentwood, Md., on Dec. 26, 2007.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the widow of the tire store owner said she and her family were alarmed to learn of the escape.

Haydee Monge said her children are scared and call her frequently to make sure she's OK, the AP reported.

There is a discrepancy in the spelling of Garcia-Ramos' first name. Some Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services press releases and America's Most Wanted spell it Kanderlario; other sources spell it Kandelario.

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