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FOUND: Runaway prisoner in custody, caught near Mt. Elliot and I-94

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After searching for an escaped prisoner for more than 13 hours, police confirm they have found and arrested 25-year-old Abraham Pearson near Mt. Elliot and I-94.

Police received a call from a citizen who spotted Pearson walking along the area. Police were dispatched, and after a short chase on foot, were able to catch Pearson and take him in to custody.  

How did it all begin?

Pearson was in due in court Monday morning at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice.

He was to be sentenced after being convicted last month of carjacking, armed robbery and firearms charges, according to court records. He was facing 10-15 years in jail, but now will most likely face greater charges that could land him even more time behind bars.  

Pearson is believed to have escaped from jail after stabbing sheriff's deputy Harrison Tolliver three times in the neck with a make-shift weapon, taking the deputy's uniform, cell phone and radio, escaping out a back door and then proceeding to carjack a motorist.

Police say all this happened around 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Police caught the fugitive around 10:00 p.m. Monday, however Pearson is believed to have been spotted once throughout the day before he was captured.

Pearson was being hunted by several law enforcement agencies, including Detroit Police, the FBI, Livonia Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF), border patrol, U.S. Marshals, and several other agencies.

How was Pearson's escape made possible in the first place?

Standard jail transfer procedure calls for inmates to be brought over from the jail through means of an underground tunnel. The inmates are then brought up by a private elevator to a holding cell, where they wait to enter the courtroom.

One deputy is allowed to transfer several inmates from the jail to the holding cell, but in that holding cell is where at least two deputies must be present during when the inmates are released from handcuffs.

On Monday, that did not happen.

Early investigation leads authorities to believe 63-year-old Tolliver was the only sheriff's deputy in the holding cell at the time of Pearson's alleged escape, which is against standard procedure.

During the transfer, a thorough search of every inmate is also required since no metal detectors are passed during the trip from the jail to the courtroom. (Since Pearson is believed to have used a make-shift shank made from a comb, a metal detector would not have sensed the plastic device anyway.)

It is unclear at this time if Pearson was even searched in the first place, or if the device was not detected during the search that was conducted.

Where do we go from here?

VIDEO: Sheriff Benny Napoleon and other authorities brief the public

Authorities will continue to investigate just what went wrong today, and how Pearson was able to successfully escape for that period of time.

Sheriff Benny Napoleon says, "We know the what, now we need to know the how." He also says Pearson is likely to face 11 additional charges, which would increase his time behind bars significantly.

Meanwhile, Tolliver is recovering from his injuries. He was released from the hospital earlier today and is at home with family.

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