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Hoke Jail Escapee Captured

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RAEFORD — A Hoke County jail escapee is back in custody.

Deputies picked up Raymond Jones III, Wednesday morning in Hope Mills. He should be back in Hoke County by the end of the day.

Jones was being held on a rape charge when he escaped Sunday morning from the jail in Raeford.

The entire escape was caught on videotape. Davis would not release a copy, but he says he is not ruling out that the female jailer with Jones may have let the inmate out of prison just to make the sheriff look bad.

Jones was the third inmate to escape from the county's jail in the past three weeks.

Sheriff Davis says he is taking every precaution to prevent jailbreaks, but county commissioner Lawrence McLaughlin says Davis is mismanaging the department. McLaughlin thinks that Davis should be recalled by voters.

Under state statute, an elected sheriff can only be removed by a judge for willful neglect of duty, misconduct in office, corruption, extortion, conviction of a felony or intoxication.