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U.S. marshals take lead, increase reward in search for escaped prisoner in Maryland

U.S. marshals take lead, increase reward in search for escaped prisoner in Maryland

The U.S. Marshals Service has taken over the search for a maximum-security inmate who eluded police for a fourth day after escaping from the parking lot of a state mental hospital in Jessup Friday morning.

The prisoner, David M. Watson II, 28, freed himself from handcuffs and a waist chain and escaped from the custody of two Wicomico County Detention Center guards in the parking lot of the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup about 9:40 a.m. Friday, officials said.

Watson, convicted in Delaware of attempted murder after shooting into a police officer's home in 2012, is already serving a 106-year sentence in that state. He was transported to Perkins, Maryland's maximum...

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