Breakout's Other Woman

By Raja Mishra
Friday, June 25, 1999

The two men involved in a highly publicized escape from the Maryland Correctional Institute at Jessup last month were captured after one man's girlfriend told police where to find them, authorities said yesterday.

Police said they withheld the role of the woman until yesterday, hoping to shield her from the sort of attention given earlier to the arrest of another woman--a former prison psychologist--who was charged with helping the escapees.

The alleged involvement of Geneva V. Shadeed, 36, added a new twist to an already complicated saga described by investigators.

Although they praised Shadeed yesterday for turning in the two men, they also charged her with helping and harboring them briefly after they scaled the prison fence.

The May 18 escape gained notoriety after police charged Annapolis psychologist Elizabeth Feil with aiding the two escapees, alleging that her romantic involvement with one of them--Byron Smoot, 38--led to her dismissal as a prison counselor.

Police said yesterday that they arrested Smoot on May 20 in a Baltimore hotel room and the second man--Gregory Lawrence, 39--at Shadeed's Baltimore apartment after she called to alert authorities to their whereabouts.

"Both she and Dr. Feil had the chance to do the right thing, but only she did," one investigator said.

Shadeed became disillusioned with Lawrence after learning from news accounts after the escape that he was serving time for murder, rather than drug dealing, as he had told her, police said. Shadeed was released on personal recognizance late Wednesday.

In revealing the involvement of Shadeed yesterday, authorities revised their earlier account of the escape and acknowledged that they intentionally gave inaccurate information last month to shield her role.

They gave the following account yesterday:

After the two men cleared the fence--with Smoot badly cut by the razor wire atop it--they used a pay telephone next to a Jessup liquor story to dial Shadeed's pager. When Shadeed responded, Lawrence instructed her to page Feil and key in "007," a code used by Feil and Smoot during the course of their relationship.

Shadeed did not know Feil, investigators said.

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