Wounded UNC Hospitals escapee arrested after two days on the lam

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comApril 8, 2013 

Larry Alexander Leverett

Southern Pines police say they have arrested a Moore County man who escaped from the UNC Hospitals trauma center in Chapel Hill over the weekend after he was wounded in a shootout in Southern Pines.

State department of correction officials on Monday listed Larry Alexander Leverett, 21, of Aberdeen as an absconder from justice after he fled from the hospital Saturday morning with three gunshot wounds in his torso and one in his left arm.

A news release issued by the Southern Pines Police Department late Monday gave no details about his arrest, stating that addition information would not be released pending further investigation.

Leverett, whose name has also been spelled “Leverette,” was sentenced on Sept. 17 in Moore County to three years’ probation after he was convicted on charges of felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury, according to the N.C. Department of Correction.

He was under guard over the weekend because he had outstanding felony warrants from Nov. 1, charging him with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession of cocaine and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for the sale and manufacture of cocaine, state records show.

He was scheduled to appear in court last week, state records show.

About 1:30 p.m. Friday, Southern Pines police responded to a report of someone with a weapon at that apartment complex. They found Leverett wounded when they arrived, and had him airlifted to Chapel Hill.

A second gunshot victim was taken by private vehicle to Moore County Regional Hospital.

Investigators think Leverett and the other person, whose name has not been released, knew each other and may have been fighting. Two semi-automatic handguns were recovered, police said.

Investigators say Leverett fled the hospital about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, possibly in a red Jeep Grand Cherokee, which was found at 2 p.m. in the Brookside Park Apartment complex in Southern Pines.

News researcher Peggy Neal contributed to this report.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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