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Manhunt captures escaped inmate

Michael Ray Brown

Authorities found the stolen Alexander County work truck, believed to have been taken by inmate Michael Ray Brown, at this residence on Edd Burgess Rd. off NC 16 North just outside the Taylorsville city limits.

Patricia Pendley

(Updated Aug. 25, 3:50 pm)

Inmate escapes from work release crew,

is captured in Catawba County

Was sought in multi-county search

N.C. Dept. of Corrections state minimum custody inmate Michael Ray Brown, age 51, who had escaped from the work release crew on Friday, August 22, has been apprehended.

After the escape, authorities found a stolen Alexander County Maintenance Dept. Ford pickup on Edd Burgess Rd. off NC 16 North, which they believe Brown took from the County Maintentance shed on Waggin Trail Lane about 3 p.m. The maintenance crew and inmates working with them had returned to the shed from working along roadways earlier in the day when Brown took the truck and escaped.

A notice was sent to all area law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for Brown.

Officers received information that the suspect had been dropped off on Hwy. 16 South, just inside Catawba County, by Patricia Pendley, age 40 of Taylorsville.  Officers responded to that area, along with a K-9 officer, and located the suspect in Riverbend Park approximately 75 yards behind Brenda’s Bar and Grill. 

Michael Brown was taken into custody and transported to the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office where he was processed and released back to the custody of NC Department of Corrections staff. 

Patricia Pendley was charged with felony harboring and escape for her involvement in aiding Brown's escape.  Her bond was set at $5,000, and her first appearance was set for August 25, 2014.

According to the N.C. Dept. of Corrections website, Brown has a lengthy record of convictions in Alexander, Catawba, and Burke counties for breaking and entering, breaking & entering to vehicles, and being a habitual felon.

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Submitted By: joyce pierceSubmitted: 8/22/2014
glad you caught him.

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