Detroit police are searching for escaped inmate Abraham Pearson who stabbed one deputy several times in the neck and briefly held another hostage Monday morning, noting that he is armed and dangerous.
The 25-year-old, also known under his alias Derreck White, fashioned a comb into a shank and stabbed the deputy as he escaped from the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice.
Pearson broke out at 8:20 a.m. inside a lockup area in the courthouse just before he was scheduled for sentencing, inciting a panic alarm.
According to police, Pearson walked out of the courthouse wearing a deputy’s uniform, carjacked a 58-year-old woman, then sped away in her 2000 Plymouth Voyager.
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While Pearson opened the door and threatened the woman, she was not injured.
Minutes after stealing the car, he crashed at Concord and East Lafayette. He then continued his escape on foot.
Pearson has an extensive criminal history, including carjacking, armed robbery, breaking and entering, unlawful driving away of a vehicle, felony firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon and carrying a concealed weapon.
The wounded deputy is currently being treated at Detroit Receiving Hospital and is in temporary serious condition, reports Fox News.
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Detroit Public Schools say schools in the area are taking safety precautions, though none are currently on lockdown.