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BREAKING: Escaped inmate apprehended in Biltmore Park

Posted November 2, 2017 11:48 a.m. EDT

— The search for an escaped inmate enters day two. Buncombe County officials believe 42-year-old Michael Calloway is in the Biltmore Forest area.

Calloway escaped Wednesday afternoon while on leave from the prison for a medical procedure at a doctors office on Hendersonville Road.

Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan says Calloway assaulted a transportation officer during the medical procedure and ran out of the doctor's office near the Deerfield community in South Asheville.

Authorities say Calloway then ran into the Biltmore Forest woods.

The sheriff is now warning people living in the area to lock their doors, keep a cell phone handy and be aware of their surroundings.

Sheriff van Duncan said the shackles and handcuffs had to be removed from Calloway for the procedure.

Six schools were on lockdown yesterday in South Asheville because of the manhunt.

Stacia Harris with Buncombe County Schools tells News 13 they will be "extra vigilant" at the schools Thursday and an increased law enforcement presence at the schools and in the area can be expected.

Calloway is facing charges of breaking and entering, being a habitual felon, stealing a car, and misdemeanor resisting an officer.

He was arrested several times this year and is currently facing charges robbery and resisting an officer, but he also has a long list of previous charges.

These are the most serious, all in Buncombe County: theft, burglary, and driving under the influence in 2012. Breaking and entering, assault on an emergency personnel and stealing a car all in 2003. Several trespassing and theft charges from the late 90s. Assault and battery and more trespassing charges in the early 90s.

We've also learned Calloway has escaped from jail before, in another county back in 2014.