Local escapee arrested in MI accused of multi-state crime spree

ROYAL OAK, MI (WJHL) – A Washington County inmate who escaped from the Washington County Detention Center on Aug. 30 and was taken into custody on Sept. 2 in Michigan now faces charges in multiple states.

Timothy England, 37, escaped from the WCDC on Aug. 30 prompting a multi-agency search in sections of the Tri-Cities.   A Sheriff’s Department spokesperson said Wednesday that the agency wasn’t prepared to release specifics on how England escaped.  Leighta Laitinen, WCSO chief operations officer, said a review of what happened has yet to take place, but she said preliminary information indicated England escaped because of a combination of a design flaw and human error.   “We’ve corrected the design flaw, and we’re looking into correcting the problem with human error,” Laitinen said.

On Tuesday, U.S. Marshals Service confirmed England had been captured in Royal Oak, Michigan by the Royal Oak Police Department.

According to a Royal Oak PD news release, an police officer saw England acting suspiciously in a parking lot at 423 W. 11 Mile Road in Royal Oak, and watched England get inside a vehicle and attempt to inject himself with narcotics.

The officer then tried to get England out of the vehicle, but England resisted.

According to the release, a brief struggle between the officer and England occurred and England was able to break free from the officer and started to run away.

The officer then caught England and another struggle occurred, where England reportedly tried to stab the officer with a syringe.

England was able to break free a second time and the officer then chased and caught England as he tried to squezze through a narrow gap in the wall in an alcove of the North Lafayette parking structure.

According to the release, back-up officers responded to the scene and used a Taser on England, and he was arrested.

“England was completely uncooperative and had no identification on him at the time of his arrest. Due to the holiday weekend, it was not until Tuesday that Royal Oak police discovered England was wanted for escaping custody of Tennessee authorities while awaiting trial for bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime,” according to the release.

According to the release, it was later revealed several hours later that the vehicle England was in was stolen out of North Carolina on Aug. 31 and was also found in possession of a stolen credit card out of Virginia.

Officers also found narcotics and a realistic looking toy handgun and a bank robbery note.

England was taken to a hospital for treatment of an unknown medical issue.

He refused to give officers any information on his identity.

England was arrested for felonious assault on a police officer, possession of narcotics, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a stolen credit.

The Royal Oak Criminal Investigations Division, along with the FBI, is looking into other crimes England may have committed following his escape on Aug. 30.

“There is no doubt in my mind that this dangerous individual was in Royal Oak to commit an act of violence,” Chief Corrigan O’Donohue said. “Since escaping from Tennessee authorities, he has been on a multi-state crime spree. That crime spree came to an end in Royal Oak thanks to outstanding proactive police work.”

England’s next court has been set for Sept. 20.

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