Escaped inmate captured in Salisbury

Escaped inmate captured in Salisbury

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 14 at 2:00 PM

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Investigators say a convicted felon who escaped overnight from a minimum security prison in Salisbury has been captured, according to an official from the Department of Public Safety.

Jonathan Dixon was taken into custody Tuesday morning after members of the Prison Emergency Response Team were searching an area on Auction Drive off of I-85 in Salisbury and noticed a broken window at a local business.

Team members entered the building, found Dixon, and took him in to custody without incident. Dixon was found only a few miles from the Piedmont Correctional Facility he escaped.

Dixon will face charges for escape from prison and additional charges for break-ins and burglaries authorities say he committed while on the run.

Guards reported him missing after conducting a bunk check at 4 a.m. Monday at the Piedmont Correctional Facility. The previous bunk check was 11 p.m.

Two Rowan County Schools - Southeast Middle School and Knollwood Elementary - are still on lockdown Tuesday morning because authorities believe Dixon could still be in the area.

Deputies say as soon as Dixon escaped, he broke into a NCDOT storage building next door and stole a uniform jacket with the name patch “Haywood”. Authorities have already charged Dixon with that crime.

They also say he might be responsible for another break-in at a nearby storage facility. Nothing was taken, but authorities found a boot print matching the type of boot inmates wear at the correctional facility. 

Dixon had three years left on his prison sentence after multiple convictions for larceny, breaking and entering and possessing and receiving stolen goods.

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