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Two Harnett County escapees back in custody

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LUMBER BRIDGE, N.C. (AP) — The two convictswho escaped from astate prison in Harnett County and are suspected in the beating ofa Lillington disc jockey were back in custody today.

Police said Anthony Pinchbeck was captured in Robeson Countyabout 6:30 p.m. Sunday. William Rodney Bass, 27, turned himself into Nash County authorities about six hours later.

Two Robeson County sheriff's deputies found Pinchbeck sleepingin a pickup truck outside the small town of Lumber Bridge about 10miles south of Fayetteville. Pinchbeck was not armed andsurrendered peacefully, chief of detectives Mark Locklear told TheFayetteville Observer-Times.

The truck in which he was found had not been reported stolen,authorities said.

Pinchbeck was captured after the sheriff's department receivedan anonymous tip that a man matching the description of one of theinmates was in the area.

Pinchbeck, 24, was taken to Central Prison in Raleigh.

Bass, with his lawyer accompanying him, turned himself in toNash County deputies shortly after midnight.

The inmates escaped Thursday morning while working on aminimum-security cleaning crew outside of the Harnett CountyCorrectional Institution in Lillington.

Police and prison officials said they believe the two inmateswere responsible for an attack on a Lillington disc jockey. The twoare suspected of using a crowbar to bludgeon the Rev. Anthony Brockat Christian radio station WLLN before stealing his wallet and car.

Pinchbeck was serving a 10-year sentence for assault with adeadly weapon inflicting serious injury and breaking and entering.He was scheduled to be released in March 1999.

Bass was serving a 14-year sentence for breaking and entering.He was scheduled to be released in July 1998.

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