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Fugitive convict accused in attack is captured

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 10, 2013 at 12:19 am •  Published: September 10, 2013

DETROIT (AP) — A fugitive accused of escaping custody after using a plastic comb to stab a sheriff's deputy was caught Monday night following a daylong manhunt, officials said.

WXYZ-TV in Detroit ( also is reporting that police say the fugitive they had previously had identified as 25-year-old Derreck White is actually a man named Abraham Pearson who used White as an alias.

Police did not immediately return calls by The Associated Press.

Sheriff Benny Napoleon said during a news conference late Monday that Pearson was taken into custody after a short chase.

"He tried to escape again but was caught," Napoleon said.

He said Pearson will face 11 additional charges related to his alleged attack and escape.

"He's looking at a considerable amount of time," Napoleon said.

He also said police had made another arrest on an existing warrant that he said may be connected to the case, and indicated the person arrested was Pearson's girlfriend.

Dozens of officers fanned out across Detroit on Monday to search for the convicted carjacker accused of using a plastic comb to stab a sheriff's deputy and escape from a downtown courthouse.

Pearson was being escorted to court for a long prison sentence for carjacking and other crimes when the attack happened, authorities said.

He repeatedly stabbed Harrison Tolliver in the neck, took the deputy's uniform, ran from the courthouse and carjacked a minivan, police said. The vehicle eventually was abandoned blocks away on the city's east side. Tolliver's injuries were not considered serious.

Some schools were locked down as helicopters passed over in the hunt for Pearson. The search focused on the east side before shifting to other parts of Detroit. Tolliver's shirt was recovered.

Police also believe Pearson might have had a radio that carries law enforcement communications.

"This criminal has only delayed his appointment with justice. He will be found," Napoleon said earlier Monday.

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