Hagerstown inmate escapes

The Baltimore Sun

Authorities are searching for a man convicted of first-degree murder who escaped from the Maryland Correctional Institution at Hagerstown yesterday morning by climbing over the prison's perimeter fence using clothing to cover the razor wire.

The escape occurred between 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. Kanderlario Garcia-Ramos is serving a life sentence with all but 40 years suspended from a court case in Prince George's County in June 2008.

Garcia-Ramos, 24, escaped from the prison while inmates were on their way to the dining hall for breakfast, authorities believe. Upon the discovery of his escape, the facility, which houses 2,200 inmates, was locked down.

"Outright escapes are extremely rare," prison system spokesman Mark A. Vernarelli said. "They are almost unheard of. You will get a road crew walk-away. ... But a true over-the-fence escape is extremely rare."

Garcia-Ramos has been housed at the medium-security facility since July. Authorities said the inmate has no history of serious infractions while at the prison. He is described as "generally cooperative and being a loner," authorities said.

Garcia-Ramos is 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 165 pounds, and has brown eyes and dark hair. Anyone who sees him is urged to call 911.

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