Grady R. York, an inmate who escaped from Randolph Correctional Center in Asheboro on Wednesday morning, was captured by Randolph County Sheriff’s deputies at 12:29 p.m. Wednesday in Staley, N.C.

Investigators say after his escape, York hitched rides and knocked on the door of a residence in Staley, 17 miles from the prison. The home’s occupant called Sheriff’s deputies, who arrested York and took him back to Randolph Correctional Center.

York will be moved to a higher custody facility and will face new charges for his escape.

How he escaped is under investigation.

Assisting in the search for York were members of the Central Prison canine team, Randolph Correctional Center, Randolph Community Corrections, Liberty Police Department and Asheboro Police Department.


Authorities in North Carolina are looking for an inmate who was reported missing from the Randolph Correctional Center in Asheboro at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

N.C. Department of Public Safety officials said the escaped inmate, 49-year-old Grady R. York (Inmate # 0456815), is described as a white male, 5-foot-8, 173 lbs. with blonde hair and blue eyes. He is from Randolph County and is tied to Montgomery County.

York was serving a term of 15 years and 5 months in the Randolph Correctional Center after convictions for larceny, breaking and entering, and other property crimes.

He was admitted to prison on May 8, 2014, and was scheduled for release on Sept. 11, 2023.

If you see York or know where he might be, call local law enforcement or Randolph Correctional Center at 336-625-2578.

Corrections officials are still investigating how York escaped the facility.