Prison escapee who walked off job captured in High Point

Published 6:08 am Monday, August 31, 2020

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A minimum security inmate who walked away from from a prison job assignment in North Carolina has been captured.

Prison officials say Michael Lee Willis-Rockett was taken into custody Sunday at about 9 a.m. after he was identified at a hotel in High Point. Officials say he was given away by his tattoos.

Officials say Willis-Rockett, an inmate at Wake Correctional Center, walked away from his job assignment at the Department of Public Safety’s Correction Enterprise warehouse in Apex, where he loaded trucks.

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He has been serving a two-year sentence for identity theft and had been scheduled for release in December. He is now charged with escape.



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