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Escaped prisoner found in drainage pipe after 6-day search 

Investigators believe the escape was spontaneous and David Watson stayed within a 2-mile radius


By Associated Press

JESSUP, Md. — Authorities say a prisoner who escaped from a Maryland psychiatric hospital was found hiding in a drainage pipe a half-mile away after a six-day search.

Howard County Police Chief Gary Gardner said at a news conference Thursday that officers using night-vision equipment found 28-year-old David Watson on Wednesday night after a sighting nearby. Watson was serving more than 100 years in Delaware for a drive-by shooting that put bullet holes in an officer's house.

This photo provided by the Howard County Police Department shows the drainage pipe where authorities found David Watson hiding Wednesday, May 3, 3017, in Jessup, Md. Watson escaped from the grounds of a Maryland psychiatric hospital. (Howard County Police Department via AP)
This photo provided by the Howard County Police Department shows the drainage pipe where authorities found David Watson hiding Wednesday, May 3, 3017, in Jessup, Md. Watson escaped from the grounds of a Maryland psychiatric hospital. (Howard County Police Department via AP)

Gardner says Watson resisted slightly as he was pulled from the pipe.

The search began Friday when officials say Watson freed himself from restraints and escaped from the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center parking lot.

Gardner says investigators believe the escape was spontaneous and Watson stayed within a 2-mile radius. He told police he ate from trashcans and drank from puddles.

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