Authorities haven’t received any credible tips to help in their search for an escaped inmate from a New Hampshire county jail who allegedly planned to harm at least two people in southern Maine, a police spokesman said Saturday.

“The searches we’ve done have been generated by police,” said Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, explaining that police looked in vacant houses and other spots an escapee might use as a hiding place in their hunt for David Glenn Hobson, 33, of Alfred.

Hobson had been held in the Carroll County House of Corrections in Ossipee, N.H., awaiting trial on a burglary charge. He escaped Thursday by climbing over a fence that was topped with razor wire. Authorities believe he is badly cut, but there have been no reports of him being spotted.

McCausland said police believe Hobson intended to harm two people in southern Maine and that’s why he’s thought to be in York County. McCausland refused to identify the people or their relationship with Hobson, but he said both have been notified and are in a safe place.

Hobson’s father, Glenn Hobson, 55, was charged Friday night with hindering apprehension and refusing to submit to arrest for allegedly leaving out food, water, medical supplies, clothing and blankets, apparently for his son to pick up.

“He left them right out on the doorstep,” McCausland said.

McCausland said he didn’t know if police had the father’s home under surveillance Friday or were driving by in the search for Hobson when they spotted the supplies.

McCausland said police believe Hobson — who is white, 5-foot-6, weighs 135 pounds and was last seen in a gray sweat shirt and sweat pants — is armed.

Hobson is considered “dangerous and desperate,” McCausland said, and may be driving either a 2004 black Toyota Highlander or a 2004 blue Honda Accord. Both cars were reported stolen Friday, police said, the Toyota in Wakefield, N.H., and the Honda in Sanford.

Saturday’s search included the use of a New Hampshire State Police helicopter, a Border Patrol plane and tracking dogs. Agencies involved in the manhunt include the Maine State Police; New Hampshire State Police; the Maine Warden Service; the U.S. Marshals Service; and local law enforcement agencies including the York County Sheriff’s Office, McCausland said.

McCausland said York County residents should pass on any sightings of Hobson or any unusual activities, such as a break-in of a vacant house. He also said if residents are missing items that someone on the run might use — tents or sleeping bags, for instance — they should contact state or local police.

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