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Inmate escapes Butner minimum-security facility

Posted October 11, 2012

— Authorities were looking for help from the public Thursday night after a head count revealed that an inmate under minimum security at a Butner detention camp had escaped.

Bobby Eugene Crews was discovered missing at about 4 p.m. from the Butner Satellite Prison Camp. The facility houses about 300 inmates.

Crews, 57, is white, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has brown eyes, gray hair and a tattoo of a cross with “NC” on his left forearm and a tattoo of a shield with a sword and a ball and chain on his right upper arm. He also has a scar on his right upper arm.

Crews was serving time for drug and firearms possession charges and would have been due for release, with good behavior, in 2020. He is originally from Madison, NC.

Anyone with information on where Crews might be is asked to contact the nearest office of the FBI.


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  • iwannaseethereceipts Oct 12, 2012

    Thanks for the link, Sarah. Also, they did not notice he was missing until 4pm because that's when they do head count. Like I said below, there is like 2 guards per 300 guys so they wouldn't be noticed until one of the many headcounts that go down during a day. My father is in the very same facility, that's why I know. :)

  • sarahsoandso Oct 12, 2012

    4 p.m. Thursday was when they *noticed* he was missing.

  • sarahsoandso Oct 12, 2012

    iwannaseethereceipts: http://www.wral.com/Chatham-County-investigators-compare-body-to-description-of-missing-woman/11654160/

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Oct 12, 2012

    This puts the public in danger. Obviously the guards there was not doing their jobs like they should have been doing. There is no reason for inmates to escapes if the guard do their job. Hopefully they will find him soon and get him back behind bars. If they find the guards was not doing their job, they should be fired immediately.

  • Brian Jenkins Oct 12, 2012

    Why was he at a Minimum Security Camp to begin with?
    October 12, 2012 11:59 a.m.
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    Non-Viloent maybe? Who is the victim in his crime? No one.

  • 426X3 Oct 12, 2012

    Minimum Secuity Huh? Sort of looks like no security.

  • jurydoc Oct 12, 2012

    Sarah - The body in Chatham county was located on Wednesday. This inmate did not "escape" (read: walk away) until Thursday.

  • keeprightexcepttopass Oct 12, 2012

    "Get a clue...prison should mean work & bars not tractors & strawberry fields."

    At least on those work farms it's saving you a little bit of your tax dollars. They work for pennies a day, if anything. Or would you rather have your taxes raised so the state can pay somebody a bloated salary to come in and do the same thing?

    Believe it or not, many "murderers" and "dangerous" people eventually get released to the community. I'd rather they at least get some type of work skills so they can get a regular job vs. hustling on the street or continuing their criminal ways.

  • Gatsby Oct 12, 2012

    iwannasee,yea he is not "dangerous" and the murder who escaped a month or so ago did not harm your family so therefore you are "relaxed". Its only a problem if it affects you or your family right? Get a clue...prison should mean work & bars not tractors & strawberry fields.

  • iwannaseethereceipts Oct 12, 2012

    Sarah, as far as I know there has been no information released about that situation. Where did you see that it was a murder with a missing car?