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Three inmates escape from Edgecombe Detention Center

Posted April 17, 2009

— Authorities are looking for three inmates who escaped from the Edgecombe County Detention Center Thursday night.

“The inmates were able to breech an exterior door to facilitate their escape,” Edgecombe County sheriff’s officials wrote in a news release issued Friday morning.

After the escape, the men stole a 1989 white GMC regular cab truck with North Carolina Registration WVK 2844. The truck has damage on the left rear, officials said.

The escapees and their charges are:

  • David Lee Cox, 29, felony conspiracy, from Fayetteville
  • Anthony Artrip, 37, narcotics violation, from Ashland, Ky.
  • James Butler, 38, possession of a firearm by a felon, from Raleigh

America's Most Wanted features an Anthony "Tony" Artrip, of Ashland, Ky., on its Web site. He was one of the U.S. Marshals' Top 15 Most Wanted fugitives, according to the Web site. He spent three months robbing banks and eluding the law in Kentucky before he was captured in 2007, AMW reported.

Anyone with any information about the escaped inmates is asked to contact the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office at 252-641-7911.

The Edgecombe detention center is on Anaconda Road in Tarboro and can house up to 255 inmates. The facility was updated in 1999, according to its Web site.


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  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Apr 17, 2009

    copforlife, check the following for info on Grizzly Adams TV show: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grizzly_Adams

  • Piny tek Apr 17, 2009

    Are they sure about Anthony's age? Men, he looks 60.

  • waltb87 Apr 17, 2009

    ....Tony Almeida from 24, Tim Allen with a beard, and Deacon Palmer from King Of Queens

  • mjlt3 Apr 17, 2009

    "Prison" is just to "easy"! Most of them in there think its a JOKE........ they need to bring back the old way of doing things! To them it's "VACATION" with free room and board.

  • usmilewme2 Apr 17, 2009

    hey guy here side they may be filling out apps at police station right now. and possible get the job heheheheheehehe they know their way around the jail you think......

  • bjcoker2 Apr 17, 2009

    I live about a 1/2 mile from the jail and we did get a recorded phone message this morning at about 1:30 telling us this information, what they were driving with discription of the car and what they were wearing. My question is due to the amount of jailbreaks since they have been in this rural area, why aren't they still not taking more precautions, such as locking the gates behind cars entering, and why at that time of night were they not in lockdown somewhere in that brand new facilty. I love the James Knight but do not understand why this keeps happening. Also where did they get a truck that fast, was it sitting outside the jail with keys inside? As I said,someone needs to review the security procedures in Edgecombe Jail as this SHOULD NOT be happening with all the new technolgy they now have at this facility Scary to live so closeby.

  • Drakula_I_G Apr 17, 2009

    Completely unacceptable that anyone can escape from a jail.

    Lock the dang doors, guards stay awake!

  • usmilewme2 Apr 17, 2009

    hey that last gut looks like the guy on cosby show what was his name theo heheheheh

  • odell Apr 17, 2009

    Artrip looks like Tim Allen with a beard.

  • panthers254 Apr 17, 2009

    yeah, right now i am betting they are filling out application forms for wake tech. well, either that or they are looking for their next victim. i'm almost willing to bet they arent looking to volunteer for the local hospice or spca. i could be wrong, but i'm just going on a gut feeling.