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DOC official: Internal investigation underway after inmate escape

Posted July 8, 2010
Updated July 9, 2010

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— A state Department of Correction official said an internal investigation is underway after an inmate escaped from an Alexander County prison last week.

Xavier Shaw, 45, was on a work-assignment to build a minimum security facility at Alexander Correctional Institution in western North Carolina when he escaped. Authorities said he escaped by hiding inside a truck at the work site.

Shaw, who was sentenced to prison for kidnapping and robbery charges, was considered to be in medium-security custody.

The work facility was guarded by at least seven officers tasked to guard the detail of between 80 and 100 prisoners. The work area was also surrounded by double fencing and razor wire.

“Our staff made mistakes. We have procedures to prevent these types of incidents from happening. Our procedures are no better than the people who carry them out,” DOC Deputy Secretary James French said.

French said they are investigating to determine who is responsible for the breakdown in procedures. Once the internal investigation is complete, disciplinary action could be taken against the officer or officers responsible, French said.

Correction officers are now required to thoroughly search every truck before it leaves the compound, he said.

Shaw's sentence would've ended Aug. 30, but he has charges pending in Wake County in a January bank robbery.

Investigators believe neighborhoods in north Raleigh or the Wakefield area could provide clues about Shaw's whereabouts.

Anyone who has seen him or has information on his whereabouts is asked to call local law enforcement or Alexander Correctional Institution at 828-632-1331.

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  • bcakepdc Jul 9, 2010

    Kitamclean, you did NOT see this man yesterday. Two sightings were confirmed on the Alexander/Catawba county lines yesterday and he is still believed to be in that area. I live there and I have a relative in law enforcement who was part of the search yesterday. He stole a boat and broke into someone's camper for shelter. Sounds like you encountered a creep on Capital, but it wasn't this creep.

  • com_mon_sents Jul 9, 2010

    Kitamclean??? What in the world were the 2 of you thinking. I would have NEVER given my friend the opportunity to think it was an easy $20 bill. I would have directed him to the leasing office...and then called the police. GOSH, I hope you learned something from this. I would have hated to read about 2 found dead in an alley...if this had been the same guy. You just can't trust people this day and time. I certainly don't, not someone who just approaches a stranger with his story and then offering money...that was a DEAD RINGER of T-R-O-U-B-L-E.

  • AnotherIgnoredComment Jul 9, 2010

    He then wanted us to go down an alley in the breezeway with him to look for the apartment
    kitamclean

    Ummmmmm...call the cops

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Jul 9, 2010

    They need to clean house on these people to. Number one DOC Deputy Secretary James French admitted that there was a mistake on there part. This guy acts violent & that isn't good. They need to make several changes to the Prison & Jail system.

  • tafiliclan1 Jul 9, 2010

    It looks like The State Trooper agency is not the only one needs an overhauled.

  • SHELLYGIRL Jul 9, 2010

    INSTEAD OF SENTENCING THESE MEN TO DO HARD TIME IN PRISON AT THE TAX PAYERS EXPENSE...... SEND THEM TO THE MILITARY AND LET THEM DIG, CLEAN, CARRY, WORK, BUILD, ETC. BUT JUST DONT GIVE THEM A GUN. HELL I THINK 10 YEARS IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN, WHEREVER WILL REALLY SCARE THE MAJORITY OF THEM STRAIGHT AND BY THAT TIME THEY WILL BE CITIZENS AND CANT COME BACK INTO AMERICA..... NOW AUNT BEV WHAT YOU GONE DO?

  • kitamclean Jul 9, 2010

    I saw what I am pretty positive was this dude yesterday afternoon in my apartment complex off capital blvd. My friend and I were leaving my apt going to Triangle Towne Ctr when this guy who fits Shaw's physical description perfectly approaching us asking us to help him find the address of a woman in the neighborhood. He was acting very nervous and was hell bent on us going with him to find this "person". He even went so far as to offer us both $20 if we would put our plans aside for a minute and walk with him to find the apartment. I refused but my friend thought $20 was pretty good to help someone find an apartment that was supposedly in my building but at the time we didn't know this dude was a fugitive. I was not about to let her go with this strange light-skinned, smiling for no reason man alone. I went with them and after numerous flights of steps we still couldn't find the mystery apartment. He then wanted us to go down an alley in the breezeway with him to look for the apartment

  • AnotherIgnoredComment Jul 9, 2010

    Also, he was scheduled for release in August, but he had pending charges that were going to keep him locked up for at least another 20 years...thats why he ran...he was not getting out in August

  • AnotherIgnoredComment Jul 9, 2010

    Thats what happens when you pay corrections officers the lowest amount in the state, you get what you pay for.

  • djbyrdnc Jul 9, 2010

    Go to Dept. Of Correction website and look up this guy's record. And he was scheduled to be released in August. Your tax dollars at work!!!!!! Kidnapping and robberty.

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