Part of JFX Briefly Closed During Hunt for Escaped Prisoner

… Authorities in standoff with detainee …

By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun

1:25 PM EST, November 9, 2011

Police briefly shut down then reopened a portion of the Jones Falls Expressway as they tried to capture a man who escaped Wednesday morning from the downtown Central Booking and Intake Facility.

The north and southbound lanes of the highway at West 28th Street were closed for about 15 minutes, and reopened shortly before 1 p.m. The suspect is still at large, police said.

A city police spokesman said the man had been on the highway and that investigators were trying to negotiate his surrender. It was not clear if he was armed with a weapon. The escapee was described as a low-level offender.

Authorities released few details but said the escape occurred about 11:30 a.m. from the booking facility on East Madison Street where suspects are brought immediately after their arrest and have initial bail hearings.

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services identified the escapee as Maury Figueroa, 29. He is described as a Hispanic male standing 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. A clothing description was not immediately available.

He was in the booking center on charges of drug violations and driving without a license. He also is wanted by immigration officials, state officials said.

Officials had no details on how the man escaped custody.

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