Central NC authorities no longer searcing for federal prisoner

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Authorities in North Carolina are no longer looking for a federal prisoner, officials say.

Andre Anthony Waterman, 37, was on a bus from a federal prison in California when he did not report to a halfway house facility in the central North Carolina region, Raleigh police and federal officials said.

Waterman was initially listed on the Federal Bureau of Prisons website as having escaped last Tuesday.

However, on Monday, officials with the Federal Bureau of Prisons said that Waterman arrived late at a halfway house and is not considered an escapee.

“He was placed on escape status … when he failed to report to the (halfway house) on time.  However, he did arrive at his designated (halfway house) at a later time than expected due to inclement weather,” a statement from Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Justin Long said.

Earlier, local authorities did not have a photo of Waterman to release to news outlets.

Waterman was being held at United States Penitentiary, Atwater in Merced County, California. The prison is a high-security U.S. penitentiary with an adjacent minimum security satellite camp.

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