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Escaped Greene County inmate arrested in Fayetteville

Posted November 5, 2014

— A 41-year-old man who escaped from Greene Correctional Institution early Wednesday morning was captured in Fayetteville Wednesday evening, the state Department of Public Safety said.

Jeffery Olds, who was serving two to four years for robbery with a dangerous weapon, was discovered missing from the minimum security prison in Maury at about 5:30 a.m. after clothes were discovered near a facility fence, officials said. He was found shortly after 6:30 p.m. at the Coliseum Inn on U.S. Highway 301 in Fayetteville and was taken into custody without incident by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force.

Officials said Olds is from Cumberland County and believed he may attempt to travel there.

Timothy Cooke, 34, was also arrested and charged with aiding and abetting a known fugitive.

Olds, who was due for release in February 2017, now faces additional charges for prison escape. He will be transported to Central Prison in Raleigh.


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  • Jerry Sawyer Nov 6, 2014
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    Hopefully, his prison time will be extended. And, he should have to pay for all the expenses incurred tracking him down.

  • Wake1 Nov 5, 2014

    Hopefully this will land him back behid bars for a few more years!

  • 678devilish Nov 5, 2014

    Where is he going to go or hide? Anyone hiding this man should be charged and put behind bars for 10 or more years. I do hope they find him asap.

  • Jerry Sawyer Nov 5, 2014
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    Put the guards in jail.

  • ncprr1 Nov 5, 2014

    A day late to get his vote in for Hagan.

  • Bobby Medlin Nov 5, 2014
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    Why is he in a min security prison?

  • Chase Truman Nov 5, 2014
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    Good point. You would think they wouldn't have him in a minimum security prison.

  • Maureen Mercer Nov 5, 2014
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    Hope he does not return to Fayetteville.

  • wytlytn Nov 5, 2014

    this man also escaped prison in 2000, why is he not watched more closely?