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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.