Joint DPS and FBI initiative locates many long-term prison escapees

A year-long joint investigative effort by the Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest, location or death confirmation of

43 long-term escapees

from the North Carolina prison system.   This number represents a reduction of about 30 percent of the department’s outstanding escape cases, many dating back to the 1960s or earlier.

A list of 12 “Most Wanted” escapees has been developed from those cases remaining at large and investigators are seeking the public’s help with any information on the whereabouts of these escapees.  All of the most wanted escapees have been at large for many years and are likely living under different identities.  Anyone with information regarding these escapees is asked to contact the Department of Public Safety at (919) 838-3572.

During the initiative, ten wanted fugitives were found at-large, arrested and returned to the state prison system to complete their sentences.  Fifteen escapees were found incarcerated in other states or in the federal prison system, many under aliases.  Eighteen escapees were confirmed to be deceased or are believed to be dead and work is in progress to obtain death certificates.

Agents and analysts used a variety of investigative resources to locate the escaped inmates, but in order to protect those tools and techniques the FBI and DPS will not discuss them specifically.  Facial recognition was not among the methods used.

“Partnerships like ours with the FBI help build safer North Carolina communities every day,” said Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry. “We appreciate the Bureau’s continuing support on this initiative to ensure that justice is served in these old fugitive cases.”





Jerry Jones #0216472 – 1

st

Degree murder (Accessory B/F)



Escaped 10/6/1987  Assigned to: Robeson Correctional Center - Lumberton


Age today: 65


Along with his cousin Roger, shot and killed store owner Oscar Williams in White Oak, Robeson County on March 15, 1973.   Convicted 11/20/1974 and sentenced to life in prison with possibility of parole.


Melvin Jones # 0217485 – 1

st

Degree murder



Escaped 10/2/1976   Assigned to:  Halifax Correctional Center – Halifax (now closed)


Age today: 72


Convicted of 1

st

degree murder in Hertford County on 7/24/1963 in connection with the death of Mr. W.E. Worrell and sentenced to life in prison.  Parole eligible since December 1973.


Martin Pedron #0317000 – 2

nd

Degree murder



Escaped 6/23/1996   Assigned to: Tillery Correctional Center - Tillery


Age today:  50


Shot and killed Edward Montero in Vance County on 7/25/1993.  Pled guilty to 2

nd

degree murder in October 1993 and sentenced to maximum of 15 years with possibility of parole.


Angelberto Ortega #0306967 – 2

nd

Degree murder



Escaped: 11/22/1985  Assigned to: Rutherford Correctional Center - Spindale


Age today: 72


Convicted of 2

nd

degree murder in Surry County 3/28/1983 for the shooting death of Jesus Zavola and sentenced to maximum of 26 years with possibility of parole.


Robert McWilliams #0277217 - 2nd Degree murder



Escaped: 12/19/1977  Assigned to: Henderson Correctional Center – Hendersonville (now closed)


Age today:  68


Convicted of 2

nd

degree murder and common law robbery in Nash County 6/3/1970 in connection with the murder and robbery of William Manning.  Sentenced to 30 years maximum for murder and consecutive 10 years maximum for robbery.


Erasmo Tamayo #0398527 – 2

nd

Degree murder



Escaped:  10/13/1993 Assigned to: Davidson Correctional Center - Lexington


Age today:  56


On or about 7/15/1987, shot and killed Carlos Alberto Fuentes in a drug trafficking related murder in rural Onslow County.  Convicted of 2

nd

degree murder 8/9/1988 and sentenced to maximum of 50 years for murder with a concurrent 35 year maximum sentence for trafficking cocaine.


Richard Foster #0133687 – Manslaughter



Escaped:  12/12/1978  Assigned to:  Henderson Correctional Center – Hendersonville (now closed)


Age today:  63


Convicted of manslaughter 3/17/1977 in Cumberland County in connection with the shooting death of Frank Anthony Sanders and sentenced to maximum of 16 years with possibility of parole.  Escaped after serving less than 2 years.


Efraim Perez – Robbery with dangerous weapon



Escaped: 6/20/1995   Assigned to: Sanford Correctional Center - Sanford


Age today: 44


Convicted 2/9/1993 in Cumberland County for Robbery with a dangerous weapon and sentenced to 20 years maximum with possibility of parole.


Stanley Rogers – Robbery with dangerous weapon



Escaped:  10/25/1996 Assigned to: Wilkes Correctional Center – North Wilkesboro


Age today:  59


Convicted 1/4/1994 in Carteret County for Robbery with Dangerous weapon and sentenced to maximum of 40 years with possibility of parole.  Escaped after serving less than three years.


Anthony Bobbitt – Armed Robbery



Escaped:  8/7/1980   Assigned to: Granville Correctional Center - Oxford


Age today: 58


Convicted 8/11/1975 in Vance County for armed robbery and sentenced to 30 years maximum with a possibility of parole.  Had served approximately 5 years at the time of escape.


Frank Bralick – Armed Robbery



Escaped:  1/26/1981   Assigned to: Triangle Correctional Center – Raleigh (now closed)


Age today: 59


Convicted 1/10/1978 in Cumberland County for armed robbery and sentenced to 15 years maximum with possibility of parole.  Had served approximately 3 years at the time of escape.


Linda Williams – Armed Robbery



Escaped:  6/17/1979   Assigned to:  NC Correctional Institution for Women - Raleigh


Age today:  63


Convicted 12/1/1977 in Duplin County for armed robbery and sentenced to 40 years maximum with possibility of parole.  Escaped after having served approximately 2 years.

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