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Hoke inmate escapes, might head to Raleigh

Posted March 20, 2011

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— Authorities were searching for an escaped inmate from a Hoke County prison Sunday who they believe might be headed to Raleigh.

William Robert Emory, 37, was serving a two-year, three-month sentence for obtaining property by false pretense at  Hoke Correctional Institution, west of Raeford. He was scheduled for release on May 30, according to Department of Correction records.

A prison spokesman said Emory jumped the fence of the minimum-custody facility and was picked up in a car. The person who picked him up, whose name was not released, has been in contact with authorities, but is no longer aware of Emory's whereabouts, authorities said.

Emory is originally from Raleigh and authorities believe he might be heading to the Triangle area. 

He is not considered dangerous, but DOC records show a lengthy criminal history, with forgery, fraud and larceny convictions dating back to 1991.

He previously escaped from prison in 1998, according to DOC records.

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  • shawnaycock2001 Mar 21, 2011

    Going home in 70 days must be a woman.. Only a woman would get u to do something that dumb.. Also I served time at Hoke as far out as it is in the middle of no mans land how come he wasn't caught before hitting fayetteville or Raleigh must mean law enforcement is being stubborn

  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Mar 21, 2011

    U WOULD THINK SINCE HE ALREADY BROKE OUT ONCE, THEY WOULD KEEP A BETTER EYE ON HIM, GUESS THAT PRISON NEEDS TO STEP UP SOME HUH???

  • ncguy Mar 21, 2011

    brilliance!

    Only a women would make you do something that D U M B

  • G-man Mar 21, 2011

    Just more proof you can't fix stupid. Going home in 70 some odd days.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Mar 21, 2011

    Guess he wants toi guarantee he doesn't get released. Would have been out twice LEGALLY if he hadn't tried an escape. What a fool. This shows you he will be a career felon.

  • BobbyLightBlue Mar 21, 2011

    Medium custody is not any different than Minimum custody other than they can have a few more items,stay up later at night and have more visits. You cant put somebody on a tighter custody level just because of there crime, they base off of how many points they have. kinda like getting a speeding ticket on the street where you get points added to your record, A inmate gets points for breaking the laws of the prison. There are inmates that are in prison for Rape and Murder that have Minimum custody and get to come outside the confines of the prison on a daily basis and go to work at the prison im at. And the reason they can do this is because since they have been incarcerated they have followed all the rules and have not been in trouble, so they are promoted to honor grade or minimum custody for all the civilians out there.

  • imsirius Mar 21, 2011

    2 months away from release and this guy escapes? Can you say D.U.M.B.?

  • country4ever Mar 21, 2011

    Two prison escapes??? Sounds like this guy needs more than "minimum" security.