Manhunt for Inmate in Prince George's County

Prisoner walked away from road crew

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012  |  Updated 8:38 AM EDT
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An inmate is on the loose in Prince George's County, after walking away from a prison work detail.

An inmate is on the loose in Prince George's County, after walking away from a prison work detail.

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A prisoner walked away from a work crew in Prince George's County Monday, officials said.

Authorities are looking for 27-year-old Conrad Thames. He was working with a road crew on Maryland 197 when he escaped at 11 a.m., authorities said.

Maryland State Police and Prince George's County police have stopped using helicopters and K-9s and are focusing their search on the ground, News4's Erika Gonzalez reported.

Thames is serving a 10-year sentence for manslaughter and handgun violations. According to Corrections, he had about a year left to serve.

It's not unusual for an inmate sentenced on manslaughter charges to be part of a road crew, officials said, but it is unusual for an inmate so close to release to try to escape.

Thames is 5'9", weighs 162 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a flourescent road crew cover, a white T-shirt and jeans.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call 911.

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