Prisoner who escaped in Towson back in police custody

Just over three hours after he escaped from Baltimore County police custody, Vincent Avila, 25, was apprehended by police on Monday night, Oct. 3, in the parking lot of the Exxon station on the corner of York and Seminary roads in Towson.

The lot is directly across the street from where police had conducted press interviews about the escape.

Avila escaped custody while en route to the Baltimore County Detention Center on Monday, at 6:17 p.m. when he worked his way out of his shackles and "busted out the back window of a patrol vehicle," according to a police statement.

Police spokesman Shawn Vinson said Avila had been held in the Baltimore County Detention Center for multiple burglary charges, and was picked up at 8 a.m. Monday and brought to Essex, where he was to be charged with an additional burglary.

Vinson said the officer was bringing Avila back to the detention center when, near the corner of West and York roads in Towson, police noticed him shifting around in the back seat of the patrol vehicle.

Avila freed himself from his leg shackles, escaped from the vehicle and fled into the woods on the east side of York Road.

Police released press information announcing Avila's escape, and he was seen in the vicinity of Othoridge Road, just north of Interstate-695, police said. A witness called police at 6:50 p.m. and reported they saw Avila in an orange jumpsuit without shackles.

Vinson said police were unclear of whether he was still handcuffed at the time, and police did not believe he was armed.

The Maryland State Police, as well as the county's canine and aviation units, assisted in the search.

Police said that just before 9:30 p.m., a member of the county's crime lab unit saw a man who they believed to be Avila crossing York Road. They searched the area and found Avila in the rear of the parking lot of the gas station. He was placed into custody and taken to the Essex precinct.