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.

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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. 

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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.

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