Jessup, MD - After over 24 hours of hunting escaped fugitive David Watson, police have only been able to find discarded shackles and clothing. There have been absolutely no confirmed sightings of this fugitive since his escape.
David Watson escaped from custody after being transported to the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Howard County on Friday at around 9:40 AM.
While at the hospital, David Watson, 28, was able to escape from custody off the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office and run into the woods, according to Capital Gazette.
“A guard opened the door after the van stopped in the parking lot and Watson, who was the only occupant, pushed the guard to the ground and ran into the woods,” Howard County police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn told the media. “He escaped before they ever made it into the hospital or ever made contact with the hospital from the parking lot area.”
A massive manhunt was immediately launched for this very dangerous suspect, but authorities have so far been unable to locate him. All that the could locate was his discarded shackles and clothing.
After conducting a ground-search for over 24 hours, authorities have no leads and have suspended the search operation.There is now a $5,000 reward for information leading to his capture.
In November 2013, Watson was sentenced to 106 years in prison for shooting into a Delaware law enforcement officer's home. He had also been charged with shooting into the homes of three different law enforcement officers in Wicomico County, but he had been deemed incompetent to stand trial by Maryland courts.
The court instead ordered Watson be committed to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in 2015.
This suspect has attempted to murder four different law enforcement officers in their homes, and should not be underestimated. Anybody who sees Watson should call 911 immediately.
Watson is described as 5 feet, 8 inches, and weight 180 pounds. If David Watson is able to get his hands on a weapon, it's likely that he will continue to target police officers.
David Watson has been on the run for over 24 hours and could be anywhere. Please spread his photos and tattoos everywhere so he has nowhere to hide.
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