Parole absconder captured in Redford Township

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — A parole absconder was captured late Thursday in Redford Township after he fled from a Detroit parole office earlier this week, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Rowvontae Tarrell Walker, 19, was taken into custody without incident by the U.S. Marshals Service around 10:10 p.m. Thursday at a home on Dalby Street in Redford Township, according to MDOC spokeswoman Holly Kramer. Authorities found him hiding under a mattress inside the home.

MDOC’s Absconder Recovery Unit worked alongside the U.S. Marshals Service Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team and the Detroit Police Department to follow leads that resulted in Walker’s arrest, officials said.

“We received some intelligence that he might be at one of two locations in Redford,” Kramer said. “Teams were sent to both locations to investigate.”

Walker was found at one of the locations along with several other individuals, Kramer said.

“There were other people in the home,” Kramer said. “But I don’t have any more information on who those people are.”

Officials are interviewing the individuals, who may face charges for harboring the parole absconder. It remains unclear how they knew Walker.

Walker escaped from a Detroit parole office around 2:50 p.m. Wednesday after he was detained there in connection with a carjacking, official said. He left the office through a rear door, wearing handcuffs and leg irons.

Officials announced the arrest in a late night tweet.

“Rowvontae Walker has been found is back in custody,” MDOC officials tweeted at 11:30 p.m. Thursday. “We will share further details as they become available.”

Walker currently is lodged at the Detroit Re-Entry Center on Ryan Road, Kramer said. He will remain there pending an arraignment on possible charges connected to his escape.

Walker was convicted of unarmed robbery in 2013, Kramer said. He was paroled in September 2015.

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