Police Return Escaped Maryland Inmate to Prison

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UPDATE (April 1, 11:44 a.m.): Maryland corrections officials say Larence Godfrey was found at the home of an acquaintance Monday evening.

Officers responding to a tip that Godfrey was at a Hillcrest Heights home surrounded the building and caught Godfrey when he ran out the back. He has been returned to the correctional facility.

LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — An inmate escaped from Dorsey Run Correctional Facility, a minimum security prison in Jessup, early Monday morning.

Officials say it appears that 30-year-old Larence Godfrey scaled a perimeter fence shortly before 5 a.m. by covering razor wire on top of the fence with blankets.

Facility staff say they noticed the blankets covering the razor wire just after 6 a.m. Prison security initiated an emergency inmate count and identified Godfrey was missing around 7:40 a.m.

Godfrey was last seen on I-295 North near Route 100 between 7:20 and 7:40 a.m., officials say. The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services’ Warrant Apprehension Unit is actively searching for him.

Anne Arundel County Police and Maryland State Police were immediately notified and are searching as well. DPSCS’ Internal Investigative Unit is at the prison investigating the incident, officials say.

Godfrey was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Prince George’s County Circuit Court in 2002 for attempted murder. His expected release date is in October 2016. He is described as a 5-foot-8 African-American man who weighs about 140 pounds.

Anyone with information on this offender is encouraged to call 911.

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