It wasn’t a great week in Prince George’s County for anyone without a set of chain-mail pajamas: First, two men were robbed outside of Cornerstone Grill and Loft. Then, a 19-year-old student was robbed at knife-point on the campus. Then, there was an armed robbery on Route 1 in what police are saying turned out to be a drug deal gone awry.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there — an early-morning argument at the College Park Days Inn ended in gunfire Sunday, and then police announced the big, scary icing on the terrifying cake of mayhem and destruction: They accidentally released an accused murderer from jail.
24-year-old Frederick Lawrence Scott was arrested in Las Vegas in May in connection with the March 4 shooting death of 30-year-old Phillip Watson in Edmonston; according to a police press release, Scott was accidentally allowed to post bond and leave a Prince George’s County Jail Nov. 10.
So, “due to what appears to be a clerical error,” police have lost a murder suspect. And, according to the the Washington Post, officials didn’t notice the mistake until eight days later.
Police say Scott is 5’7 and about 155 pounds — if you see him around, there are all kinds of ways to tell them:
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (301) 772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone, or go to http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/police/ to submit a tip online.
And maybe think about picking up that chain mail.