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  • mcprison mcprison Aug 22, 2001 12:42 PM Flag

    Prisoner escapes from guards

    The Baltimore Sun

    August 21, 2001 Tuesday HOWARD EDITION


    LENGTH: 570 words

    HEADLINE: Escaped prisoner eludes capture;
    Police comb area after fugitive flees county courthouse;
    Ran barefoot into woods;
    Ellicott City

    BYLINE: Julie Bykowicz


    With shackles trailing from one of his ankles and handcuffs dangling from one wrist, a barefoot
    20-year-old led Howard County police on an extended chase last night after he fled the court
    commissioner's office where he was being charged with a probation violation.

    The man ran right out of his shoes as he slipped past two guards and into thick woods north of the
    Howard County District Court on Court House Drive in Ellicott City, police said.

    J.C. Porter, 20, whose last known address was in the 6600 block of Pirch Way in Elkridge, wriggled out
    of his leg irons shortly after 5 p.m. Police, assisted by police dogs from Howard and Baltimore
    counties, continued their search for Porter late last night. While at the courthouse, a sockless Porter
    complained to a guard that the shackle was rubbing against his bare ankle, causing it to bleed, said
    county police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn. Porter kicked one of his legs out of the restraint as a
    guard was loosening it, she said.

    The two guards, employed by county-contracted Wackenhut Security, chased Porter, who fled the
    building and slipped into the woods, Llewellyn said. Police thought he might have been heading to his
    mother's or girlfriend's house, both of which are in Howard County.

    Porter's escape comes a year and a day after burglary suspect Thomas Rudolph Jordan escaped after
    he appeared before a bail commissioner in the same building. Jordan, whose transport to and from the
    district courthouse was also overseen by Wackenhut, was captured about 20 minutes later in the
    vicinity of the courthouse.

    Most people arrested in Howard County are booked at the police department's Southern District building
    in Scaggsville and then transported 10 miles to the district courthouse to see a commissioner, who
    decides whether prisoners are eligible for bail and sets the amount.

    "It's not the way they are transported that is the problem," Llewellyn said. "The fact that they need to be
    transported is the concern."

    After last year's escape, Howard police Chief Wayne Livesay began investigating the cost and
    practicality of housing a full-time court commissioner at the Southern District, Llewellyn said.

    Within 30 to 60 days from now, a commissioner will always be available at the Southern District,
    Llewellyn said, eliminating the need for transports. Violent offenders are escorted by county police to
    and from the district courthouse, Llewellyn said. Howard County has no record of violent acts
    committed by Porter, she said.

    Porter was arrested by county police Sunday at Parkway Motel on Route 175, over the Anne Arundel
    County line. Court records indicate that Porter had violated probation by failing to report to his probation
    agent, failing to undergo a urinalysis and by not completing a required health program.

    Porter has racked up numerous other charges:

    The two most recent, from February and June, were fugitive-from-justice cases from Pennsylvania.

    In November 1999, he was charged in Howard County with 55 counts of malicious destruction, four
    counts of second-degree arson, second-degree burning and fourth-degree burning.

    In August 1999, he was charged in Howard County with marijuana possession. In September 1999, he
    was c

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