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Vance Deputies Recapture Last Jail Escapee

Posted May 17, 2007

— Vance County authorities Thursday captured the last of three men who escaped from the county jail last weekend.

Sheriff Peter White said deputies took Reuben Cooper into custody late Thursday morning at a house off Vicksboro Road. They charged Cooper with first-degree kidnapping, larceny from a person and misdemeanor escape, White said.

Cooper  had "a considerable amount of assistance in hiding as he was pursued, encompassing various residences in Vance County," White said.

Sunday, Cooper, Kyle Shearin and Aaron Harris escaped from the jail by getting onto the roof of the building and jumping over the barbed wires White said.

Authorities had recaptured Shearin and Harris a couple of hours after the escape.

The inmates were being held on charges ranging from drug possession to possession of a firearm by a felon and communicating threats.

After his arrest Thursday, Cooper was held in the state's Polk Correctional Institution in Butner.


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  • killing_me_softly May 18, 2007

    A misdemeanor for escaping prison? I wonder how much time you can get for that?

  • Its only me May 18, 2007

    I am just glad that they caught him. And I am glad that he is off the streets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • El Conquistador es numero Uno May 18, 2007

    I hope whoever helped this guy hide is prosecuted to the full extent of the law. I have no doubt he will rob,steal from, and terryfy more citzens in the future.

  • bortz4prez May 18, 2007

    "Move the fence, or get rid of the prison trampoline!"Loving Life in Apex

    Maybe the fence should stay where it is and line the perimeter with large steel-jaw traps.

  • urkiddinme May 18, 2007

    typical Vance County... That's rather emabarrassing.

  • Loving Life in Apex May 18, 2007

    Jumped from the roof OVER a barbed fence? Seems like a flaw in the installation of that fence, if someone can jump over it.

    Move the fence, or get rid of the prison trampoline!

  • weepyeyes007 May 18, 2007

    i am glad that he did not attempt or to kill or kill

  • Lefty May 18, 2007

    I just hope that in their future dealings with the system that they are all recognized as escape and flight risks and are treated accordingly.