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Escaped Lumberton prisoner arrested at Pembroke Walmart

Jamie Parrish, source: North Carolina Department of Public Safety Jamie Parrish, source: North Carolina Department of Public Safety

ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WMBF) - A Robeson county prisoner who escaped Thursday night was arrested Friday morning at a Walmart in Pembroke and is back in custody, officials confirmed. 

"I'd rather know that he's back behind bars whether he's a hardened criminal or not," said Gary Cox, who works in the area "He's in there for some reason."

Authorities from the  North Carolina Department of Public Safety said 40-year-old Jamie Parrish escaped from the Robeson CRV Center by going over the fence at about 8 p.m. Thursday night. The fence does have razor wire, but Parrish was able to scale it, according to Keith Acree with NCDPS Communications. Parrish was discovered missing shortly after 10 p.m. 

"This is the first time I've ever heard of anybody escaping from there," said Jennifer Cummings, who often stays at a friend's house down the street from the Robeson CRV Center.

The Robeson CRV Center, formally a minimum security state prison, is not designed to be "escape-proof," Acree said, because most people are only there for 90 days on probation violations for behavioral programming. This is the first time since the facility opened in December that someone has escaped.

"Glad I didn't find out until this morning because I probably would've been paranoid and scared here by myself," Cummings said.

He was arrested at about 7:15 a.m. by deputies from the Robeson County Sheriff's Office at a Walmart in Pembroke, according to an update from NCDPS. 

"We see all this commotion going on," Cox said. "There was a crowd of sheriff's deputy cars and some different black SUVs. You could tell something was on because they were out on the road on 711 and they weren't letting anyone go through."

Parrish was serving a 90-day period of confinement in response to a violation of his post-release supervision. He was scheduled for release this morning, but faces charges in Wayne County for larceny, possession of stolen goods, driving while impaired and other driving offenses. 

He was due to be transferred to the Wayne County jail Friday.

Acree said Parrish is in the Robeson County jail for now. He said NCDPS is pursuing escape charges, so Parrish may be transferred to the Wayne County jail after an initial appearance for those charges.

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