NC prison escapee on the run since October captured in Halifax County

North Carolina
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An inmate who escaped in October 2018 from the Hoke Correctional Institution in Raeford, N.C. has been captured, according to the Halifax County, N.C. Sheriff’s Office.

A $20,000 reward was being offered for information leading to the arrest of 45-year-old Cul Priest Jones. He was captured by Halifax County sheriff’s deputies and Roanoke Rapids police officers, the sheriff’s office said.

Jones has been tied to crimes in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. Gov. Roy Cooper’s office says he is suspected of committing burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft.

Prison authorities have refused to explain how Jones escaped from Hoke Correctional Institution, where he was serving time for burglary.

Jones also escaped from prison in 1995 after shooting a sheriff’s detective. He was captured in New York City.

The sheriff’s office did not say where Jones was captured or if someone will be getting the reward money. It’s also not clear if Jones was captured Thursday night or Friday morning.

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