Escaped Inmate To Remain In Howard Co. After Recapture

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The inmate who escaped from custody in Jessup, and eluded authorities for six days before being recaptured, is set to remain in Howard County for “the immediate future.”

David Watson was serving a sentence of more than 100 years in Delaware for attempted murder.

He is set to remain at the Howard County Detention Center.

Judge had ordered Watson’s transfer to Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center for a competency evaluation, but the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office and agencies involved decided an evaluation by a visiting doctor at the detention center was best.

He escaped from custody on April 28, near Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center, and was taken back into custody on May 3.

Watson was found hiding in an 20-inch drainage pipe in a heavily wooded area less than a half mile away from where he escaped custody.

Investigators do not believe that Watson planned the escape in advance or received outside assistance.

His next scheduled court date in Howard County is this Friday, May 12.

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