Man Escapes Police by Crawling Through Hospital Restroom Ceiling

Corey Harrison.
Corey Harrison. (Courtesy of Metropolitan Police Department )
By Martin Weil and Elissa Silverman
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, February 2, 2009

A man who escaped from police custody over the weekend while wearing only boxer shorts, a T-shirt and a handcuff remained at large last night, D.C. police said.

Police said Corey Harrison, 24, of Northeast Washington escaped about 5:30 p.m. Saturday from a men's room at United Medical Center on Southern Avenue SE.

He climbed through the restroom ceiling and reached another room in the hospital, a police statement said. Police said Harrison's shirt was white and the handcuff was on his wrist. No description of the boxer shorts was given.

Given what he was wearing, Harrison had only minimal protection against the chill that prevailed when he escaped. According to National Weather Service records, Washington's temperature dropped Saturday night from 36 degrees just before 5 p.m. to 32 degrees an hour later.

Weather conditions yesterday were far more hospitable to the scantily clad. The high temperature at Reagan National Airport soared into the springlike 60s, reaching 61 degrees at 3:20 p.m. It was the warmest day of 2009.

Police said Harrison, of the 4400 block of Sheriff Road NE, had been arrested by D.C. police as a fugitive from Prince George's County. They said the arrest was connected to a bench warrant in a paternity support matter.

It was not immediately known why Harrison was at the medical center Saturday.

United Medical Center, in the 1300 block of Southern Avenue SE, was previously known as Greater Southeast Community Hospital.

Police asked for the public's help in finding Harrison. They said anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 202-727-9099 or 888-919-2746.

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