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Edgecombe County escapee recaptured

Posted April 19, 2009 6:38 a.m. EDT
Updated April 19, 2009 3:17 p.m. EDT

— A 17-year-old inmate was recaptured early Sunday afternoon, after becoming the fourth inmate to escape this week from a detention facility in Edgecombe County, according to the sheriff's office.

Authorities said that Chamone Coy Diggins, of 307 Pitt St. in Pinetops, overpowered the guards at the Edgecombe County Detention Center Annex, 301 Saint Andrews St., around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The guards were not seriously injured.

Authorities located Diggins in Farmville in Pitt County, about 25 miles south of Tarboro. Farmville police officers and sheriff's deputies from Edgecombe and Pitt counties arrested him without incident shortly after 1 p.m.

Diggins was in jail awaiting trial on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, assault on a female, breaking and entering, larceny and felony conspiracy.

The sheriff's office has opened an internal investigation into the escape from the Detention Center Annex, which houses up to 95 inmates.

The sheriff's office was also investigating an escape by three inmates from the Edgecombe County Detention Center on Anaconda Street Thursday night. They were recaptured after a bank robbery in Marmet, West Virginia, more than 380 miles from Tarboro, on Friday.

Investigators were looking into if detention officers were negligent or if other inmates or detention officers aided that escape.