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Inmate who escaped transport van sought in Baltimore

Escapee jumped out of the van and took off
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Posted at 2:40 PM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 08:27:05-04

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore community is asked to be on the look out for an inmate who escaped from a van during a transport, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correction Service said Tuesday afternoon.

The department announced in an Instagram post released around 1:30 p.m, the inmate, Dajoun Lee, jumped out of a van during a transport. The post said Lee was last seen on Mason Street and Forrest Street in Baltimore.

Lee is described as a 6-foot tall man, weighing 149 pounds, with black hair and a “medium brown complexion,” Public Safety’s post said. He was last seen wearing a gray jumpsuit and brown boots.

About two dozen detectives in a warrant apprehension unit of Baltimore Police and Maryland State Police personnel are pursuing Lee, said Gerard Shields of the Maryland Deparmtent of Public Safety and Correction Services. Anyone with any information or who thinks they have seen him should call 911.

At about 8:30 a.m., Lee was in a prison van at the occupational skills training center at 920 Forrest Street in East Baltimore, Shields said. When the van stopped, Lee pushed the door open and took off.

Since January of 2017, Lee had been serving a five year sentence for burglary at Baltimore City Correctional Center's pre-release facility, meaning he was within 18 months of release, said Shields. Inmates in that unit are not normally as restricted as medium or maximum security prisoners.