Search is on for escaped North Carolina inmate

Published 1:33 pm Thursday, August 12, 2021

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The North Carolina Department of Public Safety has reported that an inmate escaped a North Carolina prison Thursday by climbing a fence and running away.

John Curtis Anderson escaped from the minimum custody portion of the Foothills Correctional Institution in Morganton, the Department of Public Safety said in a news release. He may have jumped into a waiting vehicle, officials said.

Anderson was last seen wearing green pants and either a grey or white T-shirt around 10:15 a.m. Thursday at the prison. The minimum custody offender originally from Cleveland County was admitted to the prison last month to serve two years and 10 months for identify theft and fraud, officials said.

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“Anderson is a white male who stands 5 foot 10 and weighs about 185 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes,” stated the NCDPS press release. “He has a scar on his forehead and tattoos on his left arm (Chinese writing), left hand (faded letters) and right arm (an angel).”

NCDPS asks that those who may see Anderson call 911 or the Foothills Correctional Institution at 828-438-5585.


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