Wayne Anthony Green Jr., charged with causing a crash in Baltimore that killed a 1-year-old boy last weekend, was taken into custody Saturday at a motel in Wilmington, N.C., by U.S. marshals, who said he had $20,000 in cash and was with two friends.
Green, 38, was wanted on charges including negligent manslaughter with an automobile in the death of Jeremiah Darrin Perry. Green had been released from a hospital before authorities had decided on criminal charges.
David Lutz, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service, said Green was arrested with $20,000 in cash. He was with two friends and staying in the motel under one of their names.
"He was looking to run and continue to head south," Lutz said.
Marshals knocked on the door in the middle of the night, and Green was taken into custody without incident, Lutz said. He was being held in North Carolina and will be extradited to Baltimore.
Lutz said it was unclear whether the friends who were with Green would be charged with aiding his escape.
On Nov. 1, authorities allege that Green first struck an unoccupied Baltimore County police car parked near the scene of a fatal accident that killed Rosedale resident Randolph Croom, 51.
They said Green fled and county police pursued him into the city, where he struck a Volvo in the 5300 block of Moravia Road, pushing it onto a curb where it hit Jeremiah. The boy was with his mother and in a stroller. He died that night.
Police are investigating whether the pursuit by county police was within procedures.
Green, who was hospitalized with minor injuries, walked out of the hospital before police and prosecutors had decided on charges. After authorizing charges hours later, police were unable to find Green.
The boy's family questioned at the time why Green wasn't taken into custody immediately.
"How do you get loose in the hospital?" asked Darrin Perry II, Jeremiah's father.
Court records show that Green has a lengthy history of traffic-related charges. In 2002, he pleaded guilty to homicide by motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated in Baltimore County and was sentenced to three years. Police said at the time that he crossed a dividing line while driving in Woodlawn, killing Norman Generette, 54.