Search extended for escapee


PIKESVILLE -- The search for the convicted rapist and robber who escaped from a prerelease facility on the Eastern Shore last week was extended yesterday to Pennsylvania and West Virginia, state police and corrections officials said.

Randy Eugene McBee, 38, escaped from the minimum-security facility in the small town of Church Hill about 10 miles from Centreville Tuesday. State police said they believe he has broken into three houses and stolen two handguns in Queen Anne's County.

"He's considered armed and dangerous," said Leonard A. Sipes Jr., state police spokesman.

Mr. Sipes said investigators have received information that McBee could be on his way to one of three places: Berkeley Springs, W.Va., Seven Springs, Pa., which is just south of York, or to Baltimore.

"He has contacts or family in all those places," Mr. Sipes said. "We are asking citizens for help in capturing him."

McBee is believed to still be driving a tan, four-door Volvo with Maryland license plates XWM-620 that he is accused of stealing from a Church Hill woman during a Friday morning burglary in which another woman in the house was sexually assaulted.

He is described as a white man, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, with blue eyes, short brown hair and a full beard. He has a large mole on his right ear and multiple tattoos on both arms. One tattoo is a distinctive snake and knife design, Mr. Sipes said.

Anyone who spots McBee should call state police in Centreville at (410) 758-1101 or state police in Pikesville, (410) 653-4200.

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