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Remarkable 911 Call Led Police To Escaped Prisoner Who Had Stabbed Guard

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Abraham Pearson is seen in a 2006 booking photo. (credit: Michigan Department of Corrections)

Abraham Pearson is seen in a 2006 booking photo. (credit: Michigan Department of Corrections)

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DETROIT (WWJ) Abraham Pearson, the man accused of stabbing a Wayne County Sheriff’s deputy and escaping from Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, was hit with 11 new charges Wednesday as word came out about the 911 call that led police to him.

A man first asks the dispatcher “Hey, hey, how you doing?” then nonchalantly reveals he just ran into the suspect dozens of police were searching for across a wide swath of Detroit.

“I just seen him at the store, he’s walking up Harper, he told me who he was,” the caller says. “He’s walking straight up Harper, you can’t do nothing but see him.”

The caller said the suspect asked him how to get to the west side and he gave him directions.

Police say Pearson, also known as Derreck White, used a comb fashioned into a shiv to stab a deputy in the neck and escape from custody at 8 a.m. in the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, 1400 Beaubien. After he fled from the building at about 8:20 a.m. he went to a parking lot near 1300 Beaubien when he carjacked a minivan driven by a 58-year-old woman, prosecutors said.

The injured deputy, Harrison Tolliver, has been released from the hospital and is expected to be OK, prosecutors say.

Pearson faces these charges, prosecutors say: assault with intent to murder, armed robbery, carjacking, assaulting a police officer, causing serious impairment, assault of a prison employee, unlawful imprisonment, escape from a jail through violence, impersonating a police officer to commit a crime, carrying a weapon with unlawful intent, possession of a weapon in jail and obstruction of justice.

Pearson will also be sentenced Sept. 23 on earlier carjacking and armed robbery charges.

He was nabbed after a dramatic manhunt that lasted about 14 hours Monday, ending with the suspect back behind bars.

There was only one guard transporting Pearson, along with two other prisoners. Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon tells WWJ, they’re investigating the possibility that policies and procedures may have been overlooked:

“We have policies and procedures in place in the jail to prevent these things from happening, unfortunately as is most common, when folks fail to follow these policies and procedures, these things happen,” Napoleon said.

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