An inmate is facing new charges after authorities say he stabbed a sheriff's deputy with a shank fashioned from a plastic comb during a daring escape from a Detroit courthouse.
Monday night 911 calls came in saying Pearson was trying to flag down a ride along the service drive of I-94.
Sheriff Benny Napoleon said when officers surrounded him, "He did not give up voluntarily." Prosecutors wasted no time Tuesday morning arraigning Pearson on new charges.
The judge revoked his bond which means Pearson will remain in jail. Attorney James Howarth says he spent all of five minutes with his client and he is concerned.
"Something like catatonic, he can't communicate with me, he can't even look at me and it's pretty much the way he was a year ago," said Howarth.
Napoleon said the 25-year-old Pearson attacked 63-year-old Deputy Harrison Tolliver, stole the deputy's clothes and then carjacked a minivan from a woman near the courthouse during his getaway.
"The inmate, as he was un-handcuffed and being placed in his holding cell, overcame the deputy, stabbed him several times in the neck," Napoleon said.
The sheriff, who oversees security at the courthouse, said he would prefer to have more than one deputy escorting inmates but that the county can't afford it. Tolliver joined the sheriff's department after retiring as a Detroit police officer.
Tolliver is doing OK. He was treated for his injuries at Detroit Receiving Hospital and released.
He had been at the court to be sentenced for carjacking and armed robbery.
Napoleon says Pearson now faces 11 additional charges related to his violent escape. Napoleon says he is "looking at a considerable amount of time" behind bars if he's convicted on the new charges.
The new charges are:
- Assault with intent to murder
- Assault/resisting/obstructing causing serious impairment to a police officer
- Assault of a prison employee
- Unlawful imprisonment
- Escape – from jail through violence
- Impersonating peace officer to commit crime
- Weapons – dangerous weapon – carrying with unlawful intent
- Possession of weapon in jail
- Obstruction of justice
- Armed robbery
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--Another image of Pearson with longer hair