No sign of escaped prisoner; US Marshals to lead search

Brandon Parsons
May 4, 2017

Watson was serving a 106-year sentence in DE for shooting at police officers' homes.

As he was being removed from a transport van, he knocked a guard to the ground and ran into the woods, officials said.

Watson is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall and 140 pounds.

The attempted murderer who escaped Friday while being transferred to a Maryland psychiatric prison continues to elude law enforcement. Howard County Police are offering a reward up to $10,000 for the return of 28-year-old David Watson.

This photo released by the Howard County Police Department shows David M. Watson, who escaped from the custody of the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup, Md.

"After exhausting all search efforts in the immediate area", Howard County police suspended their search in the vicinity of the hospital Saturday afternoon, according to The Baltimore Sun.

He was last seen wearing white clothing in a wooded area around Dorsey Run Road, police said. How exactly the escape occurred is not clear at this time. The search included officers, K-9 units, and helicopters with heat-seeking technology. Howard County police will canvass the community to search for surveillance video or signs of break-ins that could indicate Watson's trail. It's unclear if his escape was planned.

George Kaloroumakis, the detention center's warden, told The Capital that officers were complying with a state order to take Watson to the hospital Friday morning for a psychiatric evaluation. They're now following up on nearby leads, as well as areas where this runaway has ties, such Wicomico County, and Delaware.

He has face tattoos between his eyes, under his right eye, and has numerous body tattoos.

Anyone who sees Watson is asked to dial 911 immediately. He has been found not competent to stand trial in the past.

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