By Gus G. Sentementes and Nick Madigan
The Baltimore Sun
Despite training, officers sometimes lose guns
LAUREL, Md. — A man who police said overpowered a Maryland State trooper at a Laurel hospital and escaped with her gun early this morning was captured hours later after a citizen spotted him walking down a road, authorities said.
Maryland State Police spokesman Gregory M. Shipley said after getting the tip police surrounded a shed on Contee Road near U.S. 1 and arrested the man without incident. He was taken back to the same hospital from which he had escaped, Laurel Regional Hospital, for treatment.
Shipley said that police are still looking for the trooper's gun. He identified the suspect as Kamara Mohamed, 39, of Prince George's County.
Police had searched communities around the hospital since about 3 a.m. for the man who was dressed in a hospital gown and not wearing shoes. The hospital is located in the 7300 block of Van Dusen Road, south of the Interstate 95 interchange with Route 198 in Prince George's County.
Shipley, a spokesman for the Maryland State Police, said the suspect had been originally arrested on a car theft charge and had been taken to the College Park Barracks when he complained of chest pains and was taken to the hospital. Details of how the man escaped have not been released, but Shipley said the man somehow got the gun during an altercation and shot at the trooper but missed. It was unclear if that occurred inside or outside the hospital.
Police were stopping cars on Route 1 near Contee Road as part of the search.
The search put residents on edge. At Angelic Family Childcare on Straughn Drive, three miles from Laurel Regional Hospital, Robyn Moody said she had told the eight children in her care that they would not be allowed to play outside today.
"I'm very close in proximity to that hospital," she said, echoing the concern of two parents who called her this morning before bringing their children over to ask what precautions she would be taking.
"We're going to stay in," Moody said she told the parents. Later, she said, she might avoid her usual grocery store on Contee Road, near the hospital.
Copyright 2007 The Balitmore Sun
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