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Man escapes Robeson County jail

Posted September 30, 2009
Updated October 4, 2009

An inmate escaped from the Robeson County Detention Center Tuesday night, the sheriff's office said.

Jamal Antonio McRae, 18, was arrested in Lumberton in March as a suspect in crimes in four counties. According to state Department of Correction records, he was on probation at the time of his arrest.

He was being held on charges of kidnapping, attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon inflicting serious injury.

On Tuesday just before midnight, McRae claimed to be having chest pains. He then assaulted the detention officer who was escorting him to get medical attention and fled, the sheriff's office said.

McRae is described as a black man with short black hair or dreadlocks and brown eyes. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 175 pounds. At the time of his escape, he was wearing an orange jumpsuit and white sneakers.

His last known address is 800 Old Whiteville Road, Lot 59 in Lumberton.

The sheriff's office warned that McRae should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911 or the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at 910-671-3100.


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  • Diabolical Oct 1, 2009

    Consider him armed and dangerous but hmmm he wasn't cuffed??? lol

  • commonsense99 Sep 30, 2009

    HHHMMM 18 years old having chest pains???? and the officer fell for that one???

  • omniscient Sep 30, 2009

    "short hair or dreads"

    WTH? He JUST escaped last night... does he have SHORT HAIR OR DREADS.. which one.. because even short dreads are still considered a longer length hair style..

  • Professor Sep 30, 2009

    The people that is hiding him should have to spend 6 months in prison. Meanwhile, soone or later they will get him and back to prison he will go. One cannot run but for so long.

  • Just the facts mam Sep 30, 2009

    Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.