Man who fled prison van is captured


A convicted murderer and armed robber who escaped from custody while being transferred from a city corrections facility last month was arrested early today in a rowhouse in the 1900 block of N. Payson St.

Police said Wade Pernell Redfern, 43, whose last known address was the 1400 block of E. Biddle St., apparently had been attacked shortly before his arrest at 12:45 a.m. He had received extensive injuries to his face and hands.

Redfern was taken to Bon Secours Hospital, where his injuries were stabilized. He was then taken to the Raymond Curtis Hand Center at Union Memorial Hospital, where surgeons today attempted to repair damage to his hands.

The arrest came after Western District police received a tip that Redfern was at the house. Police said a resident gave Officer Debbie Owens a key to the house. She found Redfern lying on a living room sofa under a blanket and arrested him.

On Dec. 27, Redfern, who was convicted in 1970 for murder and armed robbery and given a life sentence, was the only passenger in a Department of Corrections van headed from the Baltimore City Corrections Center to the Brock Bridge Corrections Center in Jessup for an interview for a job picking up trash along state roads.

Police said he escaped when the van stopped for a traffic light at Fayette Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Redfern was considered a model prisoner and was not shackled in the van, which was driven by an unarmed corrections officer.

After the escape, a Department of Corrections spokesman said Redfern was scheduled for a second parole hearing in December 1991. He had been denied parole at least once before.

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