Lamont King, 32, escaped the Edgecombe County Detention Center just after 10 p.m. Saturday. A representative with the sheriff's office said King and another inmate were able to scale a 20-foot wall and cut a hole in a chain link fence that covered an exercise yard.
The other inmate, Sabilious Murphy, 21, of Princeville, was captured shortly thereafter.
King, a federal inmate being held on drug charges, is a black male who is 5 feet 7 inches tall and about 220 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes, and he is believed to be wearing red inmate clothes. His last-known address is in Wilmington.
Authorities are offering a reward for information leading to King's arrest. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office at
or the U.S. Marshals Service at
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