Inmate Who Stabbed Detroit Cop Recaptured

Carjacker faces 11 new charges

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 10, 2013 12:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Detroit inmate who stabbed a deputy in the neck with a comb and stole his uniform has been recaptured after a day-long manhunt. Abraham Pearson, who uses the alias Derreck White, escaped from the courthouse just before he was due to receive a 15-year sentence for carjacking and he forced a woman out of her van as he made his escape, reports the Detroit Free Press. He took off running after crashing the minivan into another vehicle and was captured late last night after police received a tip about a man walking along a freeway. Pearson was taken into custody after a short chase and tried to escape again but failed.

Pearson will now face 11 additional charges relating to his escape, and "he's looking at a considerable amount of time," the sheriff tells the AP. The stabbed deputy, a 63-year-old man who joined the sheriff's department after retiring as a Detroit police officer last December, suffered non-life-threatening injuries from the sharpened comb. The sheriff says he would prefer to have more than one officer at a time escorting inmates, but the county can't afford it.

Police officers search an abandoned building in Detroit after yesterday's escape.
Police officers search an abandoned building in Detroit after yesterday's escape.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
In this undated  provided by the Wayne County Sheriffs Department, Derreck White, who uses the alias Abraham Pearson, is shown.
In this undated provided by the Wayne County Sheriffs Department, Derreck White, who uses the alias Abraham Pearson, is shown.   (AP Photo/Wayne County Sheriffs Department)
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