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September 10, 2013

911 call that led to inmate's arrest released

DETROIT, Mich. — A man who escaped from a downtown courtroom after stabbing a sheriff's deputy with the sharpened end of a comb was captured thanks to a 911 caller who described bumping into the convicted felon outside a convenience store

Detroit police released the two-minute 911 call Tuesday afternoon in which a man who did not identify himself animatedly described his encounter with Abraham Pearson. Authorities had been searching for Pearson for about 14 hours when the call came in at 9:49 p.m. Monday.

"You know the guy who had escaped earlier? I just seen him at the store," the man said at the outset of the call.

"He kind of scared me," the caller told the dispatcher later. "He seen me walking out the store. He like, 'Yeah, I'm the guy that got away earlier.'" I'm like, 'Uh, OK then.' I just kept it on moving."

When police arrived, Pearson "was attempting to flag down cars in an attempt to get a ride," the sheriff's office said in a statement Tuesday. Police caught him after a brief foot chase. The Wayne County sheriff's office said the 25-year-old had been hiding in a vacant house as authorities conducted a manhunt across parts of Detroit.

Pearson is now charged with assault with intent to commit murder, armed robbery, carjacking and other crimes connected to his day on the lam. He eluded dozens of law enforcement officers searching wooded fields, overgrown city lots, alleys and vacant houses until the 911 call.

The sheriff's deputy who was attacked, Harrison Tolliver, was treated and released from a local hospital.

Pearson, also known as Derreck White, was being escorted to the seventh floor of the downtown Detroit courthouse Monday morning to be sentenced for armed robbery and other crimes. White attacked after his handcuffs were removed, using a sharpened plastic comb to repeatedly stab Tolliver in the neck, according to Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon.

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