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Hoke Escapee Reportedly Seen At Brother's House

Posted November 2, 2004

— Cumberland County sheriff's deputies, SBI agents and officers from the Department of Correction continue to search for a man who escaped from the Hoke County jail last week.

Authorities moved their search for William Glenn Barefoot, 40, to an area near Fayetteville early Monday.

Barefoot's brother, John, said that a member of his family spotted William Barefoot in the woods behind his house on Sunday.

"He was sitting over there beside my tractor," John Barefoot said. "He was crying and said he hadn't eaten since he escaped. He had no shoes and his feet looked like they were pure raw."

John Barefoot said he warned William that he would have to notify the State Bureau of Investigation.

"He begged us like a dog to get him out of there. I said, 'We can't do it, Glenn. If we do, they're going to lock me up,'" John Barefoot said.

William ran away, but was later spotted at his father's house, John Barefoot said. He also said his brother did not have a weapon with him.

Officials are using K-9 units to help search the densely populated woods.

William Barefoot was serving an 84-year sentence for shooting a Scotland County sheriff's officer in 2001. He escaped a week ago, overpowering two Hoke County jailers and stealing a Ford Explorer.

Last week, investigators focused their efforts on an area near the Hoke-Moore County line.

Barefoot is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 202 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes and a tattoo on his left hand between his thumb and index finger. Barefoot may be armed and should be considered dangerous.

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