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A ‘violent’ NC prisoner who escaped during a medical procedure has been found

Escaped inmate Michael Calloway, 42, assaulted a guard and fled during a medical procedure Wednesday in Asheville.
Escaped inmate Michael Calloway, 42, assaulted a guard and fled during a medical procedure Wednesday in Asheville.

A prisoner who attacked a guard during a medical procedure and escaped in western North Carolina on Wednesday was found and captured Thursday morning, according to multiple media reports.

Michael Calloway, the 42-year-old inmate, was found in Biltmore Park, WSOC-TV reported.

A transportation guard reported Calloway’s escape Wednesday in Asheville on Hendersonville Road around 1:30 p.m., according to the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office. Calloway had been in the area for a procedure that required his handcuffs and shackles to be removed, when he attacked the guard, multiple media outlets reported.

Calloway ran from the doctor’s office and into the Biltmore Forest woods, according to TV station WLOS, causing six schools in the area to go on lockdown.

The sheriff’s office asked residents to be on guard, particularly if they lived in the Hendersonville Road and Biltmore Forest area. Sheriff Van Duncan noted Calloway had a lengthy and violent arrest history that includes assault with a deadly weapon, among other offenses.

“We know because of his history he will break into a house,” Duncan said, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times. “He can be violent and assault people.”

LaVendrick Smith; 704-358-5101; @LaVendrickS

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