Former Inmate at Youth Detention Facility Pleads Guilty to Robbery and Escape

June 15, 2012

Greenbelt, Maryland - Treyvon Cortez Carey, age 19, of Hyattsville, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to robbery and escape in connection with his escape from the New Beginnings Youth Development Center on April 18, 2011.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Chief Cathy L. Lanier of the Metropolitan Police Department.

According to Carey’s plea agreement, in August 2010, Carey was incarcerated at the New Beginnings Youth Development Center, a secure facility for committed juveniles, after he was found to be delinquent by the District of Columbia Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. During his incarceration, Carey turned 18. New Beginnings is located in Laurel, Maryland.

On April 18, 2011, Carey managed to open the door to his locked room and approached a security officer who was on duty in that area. Another inmate was also in the area after the security officer had let him out to use the bathroom. The security officer ordered Carey to return to his room, but he refused. When the security officer picked up the phone and then his radio to call for assistance, Carey physically prevented him from calling. As the security officer attempted to put the other inmate back in his room Carey punched the officer in the head, then reached around with his arms and choked the security guard, who fell to the floor. With the assistance of the other inmate, Carey dragged the security guard into the other inmate’s room and continued to beat the guard. During this time, Carey and the other inmate removed the security guard’s car keys, shoes, wallet and key card, that allowed him to enter and exit the buildings on the New Beginnings campus. The other inmate threw those items outside the room onto the hallway floor while Carey restrained and beat the security guard. Carey and the other inmate then left and locked the security guard, who was unconscious, in the room.

Carey admitted that he put the security guard’s shoes on and he and the other inmate left the dormitory and entered a workshop where Carey put on a heavy jacket and picked up a ladder. Carey and the other inmate took the ladder, and placed it next to the fence, which had barbed wire on top. The other inmate held the ladder while Carey climbed over the fence. The other inmate was unable to escape because the ladder kept tipping away from the fence.

Carey went into the parking lot and using the remote car key he had taken from the security guard, located the guard’s car, which he entered and drove away. The car was found later that day in Washington, D.C. and Carey was arrested on May 2, 2011.

As a result of the beating, the guard suffered a fractured jaw and orbital bone and had to have a metal plate surgically inserted in his face, near his eye. The guard has been unable to return to work.

Carey faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison for robbery and a maximum of ten years in prison for escape. U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte has scheduled sentencing for September 21, 2012.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department for its work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Hollis R. Weisman, who is prosecuting the case.

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