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Inmates attack guard in escape from Wayne Co. jail

Posted November 27, 2010 3:06 p.m. EST
Updated November 28, 2010 8:41 p.m. EST

— Two inmates severely beat a male detention officer at the Wayne County jail Saturday and escaped briefly, according to the sheriff's office.

The men – Michael David Minard, 19, of 218 Mimmosa Drive in Goldsboro, and Tracey Deaver, 18, of 103 Deaver Drive in Dudley – made it to the street but were apprehended in Willow Dale Cemetery off Elm Street, just a couple blocks away.

Det. Keith Hartzog said the men blocked their cell door so that it appeared to be closed but was not. After Detention Officer Albert Anders, 53, checked the door and turned his back, the men jumped him, took his keys and locked him inside.

During the attack, other inmates in the jail made noise, drawing the attention of the other guards. “In their own way, they raised the alarm,” Hartzog said. 

The suspects broke a door to get into the courthouse and used an emergency exit to get outside, Hartzog said.

Goldsboro police, state troopers and Wayne County sheriff's deputies joined in the search and arrest of the men.

Minyard was jailed on charges of second-degree kidnapping, assault by strangulation, assault on a female and communicating threats. Deaver was charged with statutory rape, larceny and injury to personal property. Charges related to the attack and escape are pending, Hartzog said.

Anders was treated at Wayne Memorial Hospital. He said he was still sore Saturday afternoon.