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Escaped inmate captured in Raleigh

Inmate Xavier Shaw, who escaped June 30 from an inmate crew that was building an addition to Alexander Correctional Institution in western North Carolina, was captured Saturday on New Bern Avenue in Raleigh, authorities said.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Authorities said on Saturday evening that they arrested an escaped inmate on New Bern Avenue in Raleigh.

Xavier Hosea Shaw, 45, who was serving time for kidnapping and robbery convictions, escaped June 30 from an inmate crew building an addition to Alexander Correctional Institution in western North Carolina. He hid inside a truck at the work site, authorities said.

Authorities said Shaw was caught at a Walmart store on New Bern Avenue in Raleigh shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday.

On Saturday afternoon, authorities searched the area of Pleasant Union Church Road in Raleigh, where Shaw's mother and sister live.

Shaw's sister, Altonia, said authorities told her they had received information that her brother was hiding in the area. She and her mother allowed authorities to search their home.

“It's very hard for our family. It's very stressful. Not just for us, but our community,” Altonia Shaw said. "To everyone else, he's a lot of things. But to us, he's just our brother."

Altonia Shaw said that she had not heard from her brother since his escape and didn't know his whereabouts.

"His safe return is what we want most of all. We know he's made a few mistakes or whatever, and we don't know what led to this (his escape),” Altonia Shaw said. "But if I could say anything to him at all, it would be that we love him, no matter what. And for his safety to turn himself in."

Authorities said Xavier Shaw will be taken to Central Prison in Raleigh and will face additional charges related to his escape. He also faces charges stemming from a January bank robbery in Wake County.

Shaw's sentence would have ended Aug. 30.



Beau Minnick, Reporter
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