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  • mcprison mcprison Sep 2, 2001 12:55 PM Flag

    Escapee captured

    The Baltimore Sun

    August 30, 2001 Thursday HOWARD EDITION

    SECTION: LOCAL, Pg. 1B

    LENGTH: 520 words

    HEADLINE: Police catch Porter on tip;
    Escapee fled court in Ellicott City, is captured in W.Va.;
    Arrest made at motel;
    $500 reward elicits information needed to find fugitive

    BYLINE: Julie Bykowicz

    SOURCE: SUN STAFF

    BODY:

    His hair had been dyed and he was no longer wearing shackles and handcuffs,
    but Howard County police found escapee J.C. Porter in a West Virginia motel
    Tuesday night, authorities said yesterday.

    Porter ran barefoot from security guards the evening of Aug. 20 while he was
    at Howard County District Court in Ellicott City to see a bail commissioner.

    He fled the building and into a wooded area north of the court building,
    police said. Authorities used police dogs to search the area until nightfall.

    After receiving a tip a few days ago, three Howard detectives traveled to
    Petersburg, W.Va., where they suspected Porter was staying at a motel.

    The tip was from someone whom police had interviewed soon after Porter's
    escape, but the person did not give police the West Virginia information until
    they offered a $500 reward, police said. The person received the reward, police
    said.

    When police found Porter, he tried to evade them by attempting to dive
    through a window of the motel room. He was unsuccessful and was taken into
    custody shortly after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said.

    The Grant County (W.Va.) Sheriff's Office and the West Virginia State Police
    assisted Howard County detectives in Porter's apprehension. Officers were
    stationed outside the motel room in anticipation of another escape attempt,
    Howard police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said.

    Police said Porter was being held without bail in a West Virginia jail, where
    he has been charged as a fugitive.

    Higher level of security

    "He is now what's considered an escape risk, which carries a significant
    level of security," Llewellyn said, adding that police were not concerned about
    him escaping again because of that designation.

    Police said Porter likely will return to Howard County next week, where he
    will be charged with escape.

    Police said that because Porter took off with the shackles, prison belt and
    handcuffs - all property of the Howard County Police Department - he will also
    be charged with theft.

    Police recovered the shackles Friday from one of Porter's friends. The
    shackles had been tampered with, police said, and Anthony Harry Dakis, 23, of
    Columbia was charged with hindering an investigation, destruction of property
    and theft.

    "He refused to provide any information about Porter's whereabouts," Llewellyn
    said.

    At the time he fled, Porter was being held on a probation violation that
    stemmed from a resisting-arrest charge.

    He also is wanted in other jurisdictions on traffic violations and drug
    charges, court documents show.

    Reducing escape chances

    Llewellyn said police plan to shift commissioner hearings to the Southern
    District building - where suspects are booked - within the next month or two.

    Having both operations in that building will eliminate the need for
    transportation, thereby reducing the escape risk, she said.

    Until then, the department has assigned a police officer to assist Wackenhut
    Security guards with all prisoner transports.

    The security guard present at the time of Porter's escape has been suspended
    from transporting prisoners in Howard County, police said.

 
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