Inmate stabs deputy, escapes courthouse in stolen van

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Derreck WhiteA massive manhunt is underway for a 25-year-old inmate who stabbed a sheriff’s deputy this morning while escaping from the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in downtown Detroit, police said.

Police with guns drawn are looking in abandoned buildings and occupied houses for Derreck White, who was seen fleeing the federal courthouse with a deputy’s uniform before carjacking a woman in a silver Dodge minivan, which was recently recovered near Belle Isle.

“We are talking about a very dangerous suspect in the community,” Police Chief James Craig said.

Police are flooding that area as helicopters buzz overhead.

The suspect, who was in custody on a carjacking charge, is described as 5-foot-6, 155 pounds. He’s also known as¬†Abraham Pearson.

Police also have flooded downtown and cordoned off a section of St. Antoine. The courthouse was evacuated.

Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon said the deputy, whose injuries weren’t serious, was escorting three prisoners, which he said is a standard guard-to-inmate ratio. Using a plastic object fashioned into a knife, White overpowered the deputy and unshackled himself.

Check back for updates.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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  • bebow

    Maybe it’s time to get busy demolishing the vacant buildings in the neighborhoods and quit playing around with these violent criminals.

  • Lisa Cseresznye Fernandez

    Reportedly abandoned the van in the Indian Village area. Helicopter overhead..

    • Steve Neavling

      Thanks for letting us know. Police are now going door-to-door at Congress and East Grand Blvd.