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Description: Escaped Inmate of Asylum Turns on CaptorDate: November 8 1912
Newspaper published in: Westminster, MD
Page/Column: Page 1, Column 7
Escaped Inmate of Springfield
Asylum Turns on Captor
Deputy Sheriff William H. Easton, of Ellicott City, had a desperate fight in a saloon in Ellicott City late Monday night with Clifton Brashears, an escaped inmate of the Springfield Asylum.
Brashears, whose home is in the vicinity of Ellicott City, escaped from the asylum Thursday of last week. Off and on since that time the Ellicott City officers have received information that he was at or near his home, but always when the officers arrived there Brashears had taken to the woods in the vicinity of his home and was hiding. The woods were searched, but Brashears could not be found.
Late Monday night, as Officer Easton was on his way home, he saw Brashears go into the saloon of Samuel Curran in Ellicott City. He followed the man there and told him that he was wanted and that he would be taken back to Springfield. Brashears seemed inclined to go along quietly at first, but when Officer Easton started for the door with him Brashears caught him by the coat and hit him in the face. Then a general fight commenced in which the officer was getting the worst of it. After about five minutes, during which time Brashears used his fingernails with telling effect, Officer Easton had to call outside assistance.
Finally Brashears was overpowered and handcuffed. After the handcuffs were put on him he went along quietly and was held in the Ellicott City jail to await the officers from Springfield State Hospital. He had been at the Springfield institution only a short time.