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Inmate who escaped North Carolina prison had a car waiting for him, officials say

Michael Alvarez, 30, escaped from a prison in Robeson County Wednesday.
Michael Alvarez, 30, escaped from a prison in Robeson County Wednesday. NC DPS

An inmate scaled a prison fence and got away in a waiting car in Robeson County, officials say.

Michael Alvarez, 30, escaped the North Carolina prison at 2 p.m. Wednesday and got into in a white 2003 Ford Taurus driven by a woman, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office said.

He was caught about nine hours later at a convenience store five miles from the prison, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

Officials found the car abandoned in an apartment complex parking lot in Lumberton, the sheriff’s office said on Facebook.

“Alvarez had been released from prison in December after serving a sentence for drug related charges,” DPS said.

The man from Angier was an inmate at the Robeson County Confinement in Response to Violations facility, DPS said on Facebook. The facility houses inmates who violated the terms of their release.

The Williamson County Sheriff's Office is searching for a suspect that video shows slipped off his handcuffs and crawled through a small window separating the back and front compartments. Police say the suspect is Ronald Luis Scott Jr.

Charles Duncan covers what’s happening right now across North and South Carolina, from breaking news to fun or interesting stories from across the region. He holds degrees from N.C. State University and Duke and lives two blocks from the ocean in Myrtle Beach.