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Prison Escapee Captured at Sanford Hotel

Posted September 14, 2007

— An inmate who escaped from a Lee County prison Thursday is back in custody.

Clarence Evans Jr., 26, was captured by state Department of Correction officials at 12:55 a.m. Friday at a hotel on Highway 421 in Sanford.

Authorities said another inmate saw Evans scale the fence of the Sanford Correctional Center on Thursday evening. He is serving a sentence of approximately 1 year and 4 months for a firearms charge and speeding to elude arrest.

After he escape attempt, Evans will also face a felony escape charge. He has been placed in segregation at Harnett Correctional Institution.


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  • oldrebel Sep 15, 2007

    I doubt that he'll find the fencing at the Harnett facility as "user friendly" as that at the Sanford unit. Down there in Lillington, they don't play around. Their concertina wire is just plain vicious to someone trying to climb over. Drive by and compare the difference. He had his chance in a country club enviroment, now he'll wake up with a different view around him.

  • wizard633 Sep 15, 2007

    He just added 6 more months to his sentence min.. Not to count the lost of privilages. I could understand it if he had a life sentence, but 16 mo. that is just plain stupid on his part. But being stupid is why he is there!

  • robbincasino Sep 14, 2007

    As my son would say "Good going, Captain Stupid"

  • unc4ever Sep 14, 2007

    gopanthers: LOL.. now that was funny!

  • gopanthers Sep 14, 2007

    Since he was caught in one day I'll bet he was at the Day's Inn.

  • Meandmytwo Sep 14, 2007

    Well I guess he didn't think that he would get caught. He will get a year added to his sentence. As I see, it wasn't worth it at all.

  • bigmoe Sep 14, 2007

    That would be Motel 6.....I turned the light off there 1 time and Tom Boddett was right there to turn it back on.......

  • this is my Screen Name Sep 14, 2007

    Was it a Red Roof Inn? They keep the light on for you.

  • Iceman Sep 14, 2007

    the reall question is...whether clay was under the bed or hiding in the closet?

  • babys mama Sep 14, 2007


    Dear God, check out his record! 10 offenses since he started his criminal life(or started getting caught anyway!) in 2001 when he was 20 years old. Nothing habitual about this guy's behavior is there?? Lets just keep letting him out, I'm sure he won't do anything bad again if we ask him nice and slap his wrist!! I guess he was so used to getting probation/parole that he was confused about having to stay in jail! I fully support having my tax $$ pay for his incarceration...but let me set the terms on what the facility's "amminities" are. Can you say chain gang, bread & water and no visits from family? Oh wait, that's right, that is too cruel for such an upstanding member of our society! Give me a break!