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Man with ties to Pitt County escapes central NC prison

Posted January 13, 2014

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— State Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement agencies were searching early Monday for a 27-year-old man who escaped from Piedmont Correctional Institution, a prison in Salisbury. 

Jonathan Dixon, who is serving a maximum of seven years for multiple counts of breaking and entering and other charges, was a minimum-custody inmate at the facility, officials said. Prison staff discovered that he was missing at about 4 a.m. 

Dixon has family living in and near Pitt County and may be traveling to that area. He was due to be released in June 2017. 

Anyone who has seen Dixon or has knowledge of his whereabouts should contact local law enforcement officials or call Piedmont Correctional Institution at 704-639-7540.


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  • GETOUT Jan 13, 2014

    So since he was under the prisons custody are they responsible for whatever he does to himself or anyone else? Based on comments i have read on other articles, the agency is responsible or whatever happens to someone in custody

  • lwe1967 Jan 13, 2014

    He had 7 years. He will have a lot more when caught and possibly spend time in solitary confinement.

  • pcfreeland Jan 13, 2014

    is that a hersey kiss or a tear drop? and doesnt that mean he committed murder???

  • girlwonders Jan 13, 2014

    Why does he have a hershey's kiss tattooed on his face? Free advertising?

  • lilgtogirl Jan 13, 2014

    Just wondering if anyone else in North Raleigh thinks that this is what the cops were doing this morning. Woke up at about 5am to see tons of cop cars and lights around the Durant Park area. We thought there was a fire somewhere, but now maybe something else.

  • weatherboy19 Jan 13, 2014

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    Interesting that it took them until 4am to discover he was gone... but like Pedsrndad said, he probably walked out since it was a "minimum" security prison. These facilities are for people who have work release or some type of weekend release.

    I wouldn't bash the staff there just yet, there might be another explanation the news did not cover.

  • bizarro Jan 13, 2014

    How inept are these correctional facility employees to allow people to escape?

  • Half Red Half Blue Jan 13, 2014

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    I think misplaced is a better word.

  • Always160 Jan 13, 2014

    Given that our maximum security facility is named Central Prison, don't you think your headline is more than misleading?!

  • pedsrndad Jan 13, 2014

    I dislike the use of the word "escaped" when you are referring to a minimum security inmate basically walking away from his facility. "Escape" implies he dug a tunnel, cut a fence etc. in most peoples minds, not walked out.