ASHEBORO, N.C. — An escaped inmate at Randolph Correctional Center was captured Wednesday.
Grady York was discovered missing from the prison around 9 a.m. and apprehended by Randolph County Sheriff's deputies at 12:29 p.m. according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS). It's not known how he escaped.
York was said to have hitched rides and knock on the door of a home in Staley 17 miles from the prison. Someone inside the home called authorities, who took him into custody. The NCDPS said York will be moved to a higher security facility and face charges for his escape.
York, who was a minimum custody offender, is from Randolph County and has ties to Montgomery County.
York, 49, was admitted to prison on May 8, 2014. He was previously set to be released on Sept. 11, 2023. A release from NCDPS says York was serving a term of 15 years and five months as a habitual felon after convictions for larceny, breaking and entering and other property crimes.
Fayetteville Street Christian School was briefly put on lockdown due to the escape.