Crime

September 1, 2014

Lancaster escapee who posted to Facebook had pending escape charge

Police have been searching for Deqwon Blackmon since he escaped Friday.

The Lancaster man suspected of attempted murder who escaped from police custody Friday afternoon and then posted a message on Facebook was already facing an escape charge from June, online court records show.

Deqwon Blackmon, 23, was arrested June 27 on an escape charge and was released after posting a $25,000 bond, according to the records.

Deputies in Lancaster County said Blackmon escaped Friday from a transport officer who had located Blackmon on the pending attempted murder charge from an Aug. 23 shooting incident near a Lancaster Waffle House.

Blackmon posted an expletive and another message on Facebook hours after escaping custody. Police said he was unarmed at the time but is considered by police to be dangerous.

Blackmon pleaded guilty in 2010 to burglary and larceny and was sentenced to five years’ probation with an eight-year suspended prison sentence, online court records show.

Some people on Facebook urged Blackmon to turn himself in, but officials with the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office said Monday there was no change in the status of the search for Blackmon.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information regarding Blackmon’s whereabouts to call deputies at 803-283-3388, call Crimestoppers at 888-274-6372, or email or text an anonymous tip to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com.

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