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Escapee suspect slated to be in court

June 08, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- The man charged with escaping in January from a prison south of Hagerstown is scheduled to be in Washington County Circuit Court on Tuesday morning.

Kanderlario Garcia-Ramos, 24, is charged with first-degree escape, court records show.

A convicted murderer, Garcia-Ramos was at large for five days after he climbed a fence at the medium-security Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown on Jan. 17.

The escaped inmate was caught when a clerk at Sheetz at U.S. 40 and Md. 66, east of Hagerstown, called 911 to report a man loitering in the store on Jan. 22.

The man, who turned out to be Garcia-Ramos, led police on a chase for about a mile before being caught on a local prosecutor's farm.

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He was serving a 40-year sentence for stabbing to death his former boss in Prince George's County, Md., in 2007.

Garcia-Ramos escaped from MCI by climbing two fences -- one 12 feet high, the other 18 feet high -- topped with razor wire, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services spokesman Rick Binetti has said.

The inmate laid a jacket over the higher fence to get over it, Binetti has said.

Garcia-Ramos escaped from the prison between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. as his unit was on its way to or from breakfast at the dining hall.

Garcia-Ramos was being held Monday at North Branch Correctional Institution near Cumberland, Md.

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