Man faces new charges in Detroit courthouse attack

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    Authorities search for a man who escaped a courthouse in Detroit, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. Derreck White, 25, who police said also used the name Abraham Pearson, was awaiting sentencing in an armed robbery and escaped a Detroit courthouse on Monday after stabbing a sheriff's deputy several times in the neck and carjacking a motorist. The escape prompted a lockdown of the facility and sparked a manhunt. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


  • Derreck White uses the alias Abraham Pearson.
    Derreck White uses the alias Abraham Pearson.

    DETROIT — 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.

    Abraham Pearson was taken into custody Monday night following a daylong manhunt.

    Authorities say the 25-year-old Pearson also stole the stabbed deputy’s clothes and carjacked a minivan from a woman near the courthouse.

    He had been at the court to be sentenced for carjacking and armed robbery.

    Sheriff Benny 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.

    Wayne County sheriff’s spokesman Dennis Niemiec said today that Pearson also goes by the alias Derreck White.