Md. jail escapee with area ties sought
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.
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.
Mary Pat Flaherty
| January 24, 2011; 5:43 PM ET
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