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MCTC inmate remains at large after walking off downtown Hagerstown work site

July 18, 2013
  • Dion Alves
Maryland State Police

A Maryland Correctional Training Center inmate who was convicted of weapons charges and other counts remained at large Thursday after he walked away from his work site Wednesday evening in downtown Hagerstown, a Maryland prison official said.

Dion Alves, 41, was serving a seven-year sentence for weapons and drug distribution charges, according to Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services

Alves had been assigned to work at Bulls & Bears Restaurant on South Potomac Street, Maryland State Police said in a news release.

Prison system officials said work-release is a conditional program for offenders nearing the end of their sentences. It allows inmates to be employed, or searching for employment, at an unsupervised location. Offenders then return to their correctional facility after working hours. 

At about 8 p.m. Thursday, restaurant employees notified the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services that they observed Alves violate terms of his prerelease, police said.

Correctional officers were dispatched to the restaurant, but Alves fled before their arrival.

After initial attempts to find Alves were unsuccessful, notifications of the escape were sent by the prison system. State police joined the search at about 9:30 p.m., authorities said.

Alves is described as a black male, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 190 pounds, with brown eyes, a shaved head and a light shadowed goatee. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt with no markings, and dark blue jeans.

Anyone with information is urged to call 911 or contact Trooper 1st Class J. Bowers of the state police Criminal Enforcement Division at 301-766-3841.

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