RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An inmate accused of escaping from a North Carolina prison was captured Thursday while trying to steal a car, according to the state’s public safety department.
Chapel Hill police took Gerrhon D. Mills, 32, into custody around noon, about 24 hours after he was reported missing from the Wake Correctional Center, public safety officials said in a statement obtained by news outlets.
Authorities arrested Mills as he was trying to take a car near a Chapel Hill shopping center, about 30 miles (48.28 kilometers) away from the prison in Raleigh, officials said.
The department did not say how Mills escaped.
Mills began serving a nearly 18-year sentence in 2011 after a conviction for being a habitual felon, according to the statement. His release was scheduled for 2025.
He was set to be charged with escape, news outlets reported.