Suspect recaptured after kicking window out of police car, escaping

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 29, 2005

A suspect who briefly escaped while in police custody over the weekend was treated at Obici Hospital.

Paul B. McPherson, 25, of the 300 block of Oak Street, was arrested in the parking lot of White Marsh Plaza, around 1:45 a.m. Sunday after security guards spotted him in the parking lot with a firearm, said Lt. Debbie George, spokeswoman for the Suffolk Police Department.

McPherson was carrying a small bag of crack cocaine and a silver lock-blade knife when he was arrested, she said.

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McPherson momentarily got away from officers who were driving him to the East Washington Street police precinct by kicking out the right passenger window of the police cruiser, George said.

As police pulled off the road, McPherson dove headfirst through the broken window and fled the scene, he said. Police caught McPherson after a short foot pursuit, George said.

McPherson was taken by ambulance to Obici to be checked out for pain from an old injury, George said.

After being discharged from the emergency room, McPherson was taken to Western Tidewater Regional Jail, George said. He is being held without bond.

McPherson is charged with four felonies – destruction of property, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm while in possession of cocaine – and three misdemeanors – brandishing a firearm, resisting arrest and obstructing justice.

McPherson’s sister, Saprina Porter, alleged that the transporting officers had abused her brother. She said her family had contacted an attorney, Kenneth Melvin, regarding the situation.

As of noon Monday, Melvin had not talked with the family, said paralegal Dru Haskins. She was not familiar with the situation.

No abuse complaints have been filed with the police department, George added.