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Inmate Escapes Custody During Hospital Transport

(Bel Air, MD – January 23, 2007) — Shortly after 3:00 a.m. Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for the escape of a Harford County Detention Center inmate.

The inmate, Terrance Kassis Washington, 31, was transported from the Detention Center by the Detention Center’s Transportation Unit to be seen by emergency room staff at the hospital for a medical condition. While traveling to the hospital Washington managed to free himself from the leg irons, belly chain and handcuffs that were placed on him for the transport. Once at the hospital Washington fled from transport officers as soon as the vehicle door was opened.

The area around the hospital was secured and searched by sheriff’s deputies with the assistance of the Maryland State Police Aviation Unit and officers from the Bel Air Police Department however Washington still remains at large. Of special interest is a maroon 1996 Ford F-350 dual wheel supercab pick-up truck that was reported stolen from the 100 block of Homestead Street in Bel Air and a yellow two door late model yellow Toyota Celica that was witnessed leaving the rear of the Home Depot located next to the hospital.

Washington is described as a light-complected black male, 5’-7”, of medium build with a tattoo of a gun on his abdomen. He was incarcerated at the Detention Center on a $100,000 bond for three counts of 2nd degree assault, motor vehicle theft, theft over & under $500, malicious destruction over $500, and four counts of eluding police. The Sheriff’s Office also holds six out-of-state detainers for Washington for vehicle theft, armed bank robbery, escape, and burglary.

Anyone with information on Washington’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch by 911 or 410-838-6600.