Escaped inmate sparks emotions in Rowan County

Escaped inmate sparks emotions in Rowan County

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by RICHARD DEVAYNE / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 14 at 7:20 PM

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. – An escaped inmate’s actions bring back painful memories for one Rowan County man.

"It was definitely fresh in my memory and I think about him every day," said Conner Eaton, co-owner of Liberty Storage, which is located up the road from where Jonathan Dixon was recaptured.

Police believe that Dixon also broke into Liberty Storage as he tried to hide from getting caught.

"I'm glad they got him... it strikes closer to home because recently my friend Marcus Kauffman, he passed away.

Marcus Kauffman was shot and killed when he came home from Thanksgiving and saw someone had broken into his house. Police arrested four men in connection to the burglary and the shooting death of Kauffman.

"I've known him (Marcus) all my life and it was really scary to think about something like this happening," Eaton said.

Police said that Jonathan Dixon will be charged with a number of crimes committed after he escaped from the minimum custody prison in Salisbury before Monday morning's headcount, including breaking into the trailer that serves as the office for the company Liberty Storage, which Eaton co-owns with his father.

"It looked like he was hanging out in here. He made coffee and made himself at home. Had a couple of snacks and was just sitting there at my computer desk," said Eaton.

Eaton added he also noticed that several items like blankets, a screw driver and box cutter where also taken from the trailer.

"I'm glad that I didn't show up; it could have been a different outcome," said Eaton.

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