UPDATE: 10:45 p.m. -- After stabbing a deputy with a homemade shank, stealing a vehicle, wrecking it, and taking off on foot, police finally caught up to Abraham Pearson after a day-long manhunt throughout the city, reported WXYZ-TV. Detroit Police arrested the suspect near Mt. Elliott Avenue and I-94 on the city's east side around 10 p.m, according to WJBK-TV. The hunt for Pearson Monday night took police all over the city, as residents continually called dispatchers with reports that Pearson had been spotted. Read more about Pearson's arrest here.
A deputy was stabbed and a prisoner is still on the run after allegedly escaping from a Detroit courthouse Monday morning.
Police confirmed to The Huffington Post that a deputy was stabbed at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in downtown Detroit around 8 a.m. The suspect, who was first identified as 25-year-old Derreck White, stabbed the deputy in the neck with a homemade shank made from a plastic comb and escaped with his uniform through an unguarded courthouse door.
A statement from the Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon said Derreck White was actually an alias for Abraham Pearson, age 25. Pearson had three aliases, according to the local news station. Detroit Police Chief James Craig said that Pearson is a member of the “Hot Boyz” carjacking gang.
Napoleon told the station that the incident occurred while the prisoner and two other inmates were being loaded into a cell. The prisoner allegedly turned a sharpened comb into a weapon, then took part of the deputy's uniform and used it to escape.
The suspect then carjacked a 2000 grey Dodge minivan driven by a 58-year-old woman, who was unharmed, according to the Detroit Police Department. The escaped prisoner drove off in the vehicle shortly before being involved in a two-car accident while driving the minivan. A perimeter was established to find Pearson in an area near East Lafayette and Concord on the city's east side. The courthouse was under lockdown, but is now letting people back inside, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The escapee is currently at large, and is said to be armed and dangerous. He is 5-foot-6 and weighs 155 pounds. He reportedly has a tattoo that says, "Hot Boyz."
The Free Press reports that Pearson was in court Monday to be sentenced on a host of charges, including carjacking, armed robbery, unlawful driving away of a vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon, felony firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon and possessing a financial transaction device. He was reportedly found guilty during a bench trial on Aug. 26.
The suspect's defense attorney, James Howarth, said his client was found competent to stand trial despite having a history of mental illness, the Associated Press reported.
"In his right mind he would not have done this," Howarth said. "In the year I have known him, he has never showed the slightest symptom of being dangerous. Something is very wrong."
Howarth said: "It may have been a final act of desperation if you don't want to go to prison."
The deputy's injuries are not life-threatening, and WXYZ reports the officer is being treated at Detroit Receiving Hospital.
Anyone with information should contact the Wayne County Sheriff's Department at 313-224-0414.