Rocky Mount motel manager says 2 escaped Nash County inmates had room paid for them

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ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WNCN) — A Rocky Mount motel manager says a woman paid for a room for two of five inmates who escaped from Nash County jail on Monday afternoon.

Deputies said the five inmates kicked through a fence and escaped.

Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone identified the escaped inmates as Raheem Horne, 25, Laquaris Battle, 22, David Viverrette, 28, David Ruffin, 30, and Keonte Murphy, 23.

A man who said he was the manager of Hal Orr’s Inn on N. Wesleyan Boulevard told CBS 17 that two inmates were staying at the motel on Monday night and that a woman paid for the room for them.

The man said he’s not sure what time the inmates got there, but a woman who left her name but no address paid for their room.

According to the manager, Nash County Sheriff’s Office deputies showed up around 11 p.m. and took the inmates into custody.

Deputies said that around 11:30 p.m. Monday two of the inmates — David Viverette and Raheem Horne — were captured.

By 4 a.m., two more inmates had been captured — Keonte Daeman Murphy and David Anthony Ruffin.

According to Stone, before escaping, Ruffin was being held on a $10,000 bond for possession of heroin. Viverette was being held on a $100,000 bond for possession of a stolen car. Murphy, who was facing armed robbery and assault charges, was being held on a $30,000 bond. Horne was being held on a $92,500 bond for burglary, and larceny charges. Battle, who had no bond, was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and simple assault.

Ruffin is a registered sex offender who was convicted in 2009 of indecent liberties with a minor.

Murphy is also a registered sex offender. He was convicted in 2014 of indecent liberties with a minor with the victim being 11 years old.

Battle was last seen wearing white long johns and a white T-shirt, according to Stone.

There is now a $1,500 reward for information leading to his capture.

Stone said residents are encouraged to lock their homes and their cars. He wants anyone that sees something to contact the sheriff’s office or 911.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of the final inmate please call 252-459-1510.

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