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Posted at 5:43 PM ET, 01/24/2011

Md. jail escapee with area ties sought

By Mary Pat Flaherty

Deandre Kelly escaped Sunday from the Garrett County Detention Center after showing what officials said was a gun and forcing officers to release an exit door. He was believed to be armed and to have left the area near the Oakland, Md., jail.

Kelly, 29, was known to have previous connections to Silver Spring and D.C.'s Trinidad neighborhood, according to authorities. He had been arrested Saturday by Maryland State Police after a chase, a law enforcement official said.

Kelly. (Garrett Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

He was being held on numerous drug charges, firearms violations and for giving police false statements, according to the Garrett County Sheriff's office.

Kelly has a prior history of failing to appear in both federal and D.C. Superior Court in Washington on drug charges, court records show. He had been the object of a public appeal in November from the U.S. Marshals Service seeking help locating him after skipping out on a federal court hearing for allegedly distributing crack cocaine. Kelly had been on the run since July 2009, the Marshals Service said.

Kelly is 6 feet tall and weighs 250 pounds, the Garrett County Sheriff's Office said. The guards in Sunday's incident were not injured, according to the sheriff's office.

A reward of up to $6,000 for information leading to his arrest is being offered, authorities said. Anyone with information is asked to call the Garrett County Sheriff's Office at (301) 334-1911 or Allegany County C3I at (301) 777-0326.

This item has been updated since it was first published.

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | January 24, 2011; 5:43 PM ET
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I think another reason drugs are not legalized is it keeps the system flooded with tax payer money. Without targets like this, why would we need a black market and cops? Cops should kiss the feet of drug dealers and suppliers.

Posted by: FiatBooks | January 24, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Brought to you by the "Right to 'Life'" marchers...

Posted by: 10bestfan | January 24, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

He's arrested on Saturday and escapes Sunday with a gun!

"He has a prior history of failing to appear in both federal and D.C. Superior Court..."

Well, which came first?

Posted by: Jimof1913 | January 24, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

FiatBooks, I have one word for your comment....Really? You obviously have no clue. What you posted doesn't even make sense.

Posted by: jmillz | January 24, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Mostly came from towns with long French names, but one of the dozen was a hometown shame...

Posted by: igotstripes | January 25, 2011 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Suspects escapes jail after showing it to the officers? Am I supposed to assume that he was not SEARCHED for contraband before he entered the facility? I wonder what laxed officer allowed this to happen? Now, he is on the run...really? he Whodini? Check again, maybe is was assigned to D Block? This story is laughable if it wasn't really serious!

Posted by: whatsreallygoingon | January 25, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

He's an example of why abortion should always remain legal.

His mother should've aborted him, then flushed him down the toilet.

Posted by: kenk33 | January 25, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

This story is absurd. He had already evaded the police by car when he was caught in the town of Friendsville. He was dragged from his car and beaten severly by a sheriffs deputy with his gun, enough to require an ambulance to transport him to the hospital. An inquiry into the transport records of the Southern Garrett Rescue Sqaud will confirm the details of this. Officers are not armed in the Garrett County jail when in the same space as inmates. Sheriff's deputies knew he was a badman so he had to have been searched FULLY. The account for the Sheriffs dept has changed several times. This story by the sheriffs is a joke. He was let out a side door and disappeared? He was not chased? He disappeared to DC? Oakland is a small all white town. He would have been easily tracked by the Sheriff dept K-9 unit or at least seen by someone, and his car had already been towed by police. The photo is certainly not from the Sheriffs Dept since he was beaten severly by a deputy when arrested. I suggest the author actually do some investgation on this one. There is something really fishy here. Perhaps they killed him and are covering it up.

Posted by: insidescoop | January 28, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

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