The brother of a teenager who escaped from custody last month on his way to a dental appointment
faced a judge on Saturday on charges of helping the boy escape.
Clinton E. Staples III, 19, is charged with aggravated robbery and kidnapping, 10TV's Andy
According to police, Staples confessed to being part of Brandon L. Starks' escape.
Starks, 17, was arrested for stealing an unmarked police SUV in May. He escaped June
20 from a juvenile detention employee.
Starks was being escorted to the Linden Medical Center for a dentist appointment when two masked
men, armed with a gun and Mace, surprised the court escort, took his keys and then took off running
with Starks, 10TV News reported.
Starks' mother, Darlene Williams-Starks, was also taken into custody for her alleged role in her
son's escape. According to search warrants, a police-monitored telephone call took
place where she told Starks' father that "she planned on trying to get Brandon out of
Columbus." She also admitted she was able to "sneak over to see Brandon after church."
Police told 10TV that Williams-Starks set up the dentist appointment and canceled it just before
her son escaped. After she was arrested, Williams-Starks led police to the home she
says he was hiding in, but the search came up empty.
There is a $2,000 reward for information leading to Starks' capture. Anyone with
information on his whereabouts is asked to call police, Hirsch reported.
Stay with 10TV News and 10TV.com for continuing coverage.
June 25, 2008:
Mother Charged In Son's Escape
June 24, 2008:
Tearful Plea For Fugitive Son, 17, To Surrender
June 20, 2008:
Men Help Teen Inmate Escape Custody