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Escaped Inmate May Be in D.C.



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    An inmate allowed to leave prison to attend a funeral is on the run and may be hiding out in Washington, D.C.

    The U.S Marshals Service said it is searching for Theodore Dewayne Riley. He had been serving a three-year sentence on a felony gun possession charge related to a 2008 incident in the District.

    In November, Riley was given a leave of absence from the Federal Correctional Institution in Memphis, Tenn. Marshals said he failed to go back and issued a warrant for his arrest.

    It's not the first Riley has walked away from custody, according to marshals. He also failed to report in 2000 after being sentenced to a community care facility in the District for an aggravated assault conviction.

    "With a long history of violence, Riley is obviously a threat to the community and is to be considered armed and dangerous," Marshals Deputy Tony Gause told the Washington Examiner. "We need the community's assistance in locating him before he puts other innocent people in harm's way."

    Riley is described as a black man with dark complexion, standing 5-feet 9-inches tall and weighing 155 pounds. He is known to hang out in the Sursum Corda complex in northwest Washington and has relatives in southeast D.C.

    Anyone with information is urged to call Deputy Gause at 202-427-0183 or the U.S. Marshals Service at 301-489-1717 or 800-336-0102.