ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. -- Authorities have apprehended an inmate who escaped custody Friday afternoon.

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety says a minimum-custody inmate, identified as Michael Brown, escaped from a work assignment Friday afternoon in Taylorsville.

Brown was working at the Alexander County Animal Shelter when he fled in a stolen county-owned pickup truck, authorities say.

That truck was located along Edd Burgess Road in Taylorsville, and officials believed the inmate was still in the area.

A Department of Corrections bloodhound and an Alexander County Sheriff's Deputy located Brown in a wooded area in Catabwa County off Highway 16, just north of the Alexander County line, following up on a tip from a citizen who reported spotting Brown in the area.

Authorities also charged an alleged female accomplice, 41-year-old Patricia Penley.

Brown will be charged with felony escape and vehicle larceny.

Brown was serving six-and-a-half years at the Alexander Correctional Institution for breaking and entering and habitual felon.

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