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Felon escapes from Baltimore corrections facility, breaks leg, is caught

Corrections officials are seeking Kenneth Sullivan, who had two months left on a prison sentence when he escaped from a minimum security facility in Baltimore.
Corrections officials are seeking Kenneth Sullivan, who had two months left on a prison sentence when he escaped from a minimum security facility in Baltimore. (Courtesy Maryland Division of Corrections)

A felon facing armed robbery, assault and other charges from multiple incidents escaped from a Baltimore correctional facility late Monday or early Tuesday before being apprehended Tuesday afternoon at an area hospital, according to state corrections officials.

Kenneth Michael Sullivan, 34, broke his leg after jumping from a two-story wall at the Metropolitan Transition Center sometime after 10 p.m. Monday, when he was last seen at the facility, officials said. On Tuesday morning, officials announced that they were searching for Sullivan, released his image to the public and put out mobile and email alerts.

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On Tuesday afternoon, officials received information from Baltimore police that led them to Bon Secours Hospital, where Sullivan was "being treated for a broken leg sustained during his escape."

Sullivan was taken without incident to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for additional treatment before being returned to a corrections facility, officials said. No other inmates were reported missing.

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"We are still investigating how this happened," Gerard Shields, a corrections spokesman, said of the escape, which remains under review by the corrections department's internal investigations unit.

Sullivan, of Middle River, had previously been released on probation with a few months left of a 9-year robbery sentence. He violated that probation in Baltimore County when he was charged last month with three counts each of armed robbery and robbery, one count of attempted robbery, and four counts of second-degree assault — among other charges — in connection with multiple incidents in late July and August, online court records show.

A "retake warrant" was issued for his arrest, and he was returned to the Metropolitan Transition Center to serve out the remainder of his initial sentence and await trial on the new charges, according to Shields and court records.

Sullivan, who did not have a lawyer listed, now will face an escape charge as well, which could carry an additional 10-year sentence, Shields said.

The Metropolitan Transition Center is a minimum security pre-release facility and accepts probation violators, Shields said.

It was the scene of a fight last month that injured eight correctional officers and six detainees after inmates from the Baltimore City Detention Center were transferred there after Gov. Larry Hogan closed the jail in July.

Matt Clark, a spokesman for Hogan, said it would be inappropriate to comment on Sullivan's escape while it remains under investigation, but said it had nothing to do with detention center's closure.

Corrections Secretary Stephen T. Moyer "did a substantial amount of careful planning to ensure that all security measures would be met throughout the entire facility in Baltimore following the closure," Clark said. "We don't have any concerns at this time that security is at risk because of that measure."

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