Inmate captured after escape from Central Prison in Raleigh

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Police and other agencies say they found and captured an inmate who escaped from Central Prison in Raleigh on Friday, officials said.

Raleigh police confirmed the search. Cumberland County Sheriff Ennis Wright said in a tweet that the inmate authorities were looking for is 37-year-old Chad Lee Houser, of Hope Mills.

Wright said his agency was first contacted about the escape around 5:15 p.m. Houser was last seen in a four-door 2015 Chevrolet truck.

North Carolina prison officials later said Houser escaped while wearing blue hospital-style scrubs.

Around 7:10 p.m., Wright tweeted: “We are happy to report that he is back in custody.”

Wright said that OnStar tracked the truck that Houser used in the escape and then disabled the vehicle, which helped authorities capture him.

Spring Lake police took Houser into custody in Cumberland County, according to the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

North Carolina prison officials later said Houser is from Hope Mills and was at the prison as a “safekeeper” at the request of Cumberland County authorities.

Raleigh police and with other local agencies, including the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, were involved in the search for Houser, police said.

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