RALEIGH — A man who escaped a Robeson County prison nearly 27 years ago is among the FBI and the state Department of Public Safety’s 12 most-wanted escapees.
The two agencies are seeking the public’s help to find Jerry Jones and 11 other people who have eluded authorities since they escaped North Carolina prisons.
“All of the most wanted escapees have been at large for many years and are likely living under different identities,” a statement from the Department of Public Safety says.
According to the Department of Public Safety, Jones escaped Robeson Correctional Center on Oct. 6, 1987. He had been serving a life sentence for shooting and killing a store owner in White Oak on March 15, 1973. Jones would be 65 now. A date photograh of Jones accompanies this story.
Anyone with information about Jones’ whereabouts or the whereabouts of the other 11 escapees should call 919-838-3572.
Forty-three North Carolina prison escapees have been arrested, located or presumed dead during a year-long joint investigative effort by the Department of Public Safety and the FBI, reducing the department’s outstanding escapee cases by about 30 percent.
Of those 43, 10 were found at-large, arrested and returned to the state prison system to complete their sentences; 15 were found incarcerated in other states or in the federal prison system, many under aliases; and 18 escapees are confirmed or believed to be dead, according to the Department of Public Safety.
“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.”
The other 11 most-wanted escapees are:
— Melvin Jones, 72, who escaped the now-closed Halifax Correctional Center on Oct. 2, 1976, while serving a life sentence for a 1963 first-degree murder conviction in Hertford County.
—Martin Pedron, 50, who escaped Tillery Correctional Center on June 23, 1996, while serving a maximum sentence of 15 years for a second-degree murder committed in Vance County in 1993.
— Angelberto Ortega, 72, who escaped Rutherford Correctional Center on Nov. 22, 1985, while serving a maximum sentence of 26 years for a 1983 second-degree murder conviction in Surry County.
— Robert McWilliams, 68, who escaped the now-closed Henderson Correctional Center on Dec. 19, 1977. McWilliams was sentenced to a maximum of 30 years for 1970 second-degree murder and robbery conviction in Nash County.
— Erasmo Tamayo, 56, who escaped Davidson Correctional Center on Oct. 10, 1993. Tamayo was sentenced to a maximum sentence of 50 years for a second-degree murder and a maximum of 35 years for drug trafficking in Onslow County in 1987.
— Richard Foster, 63, who escaped from Henderson Correctional Center on Dec. 12, 1978, while serving a maximum sentence of 16 years for a 1977 manslaughter conviction in Cumberland County.
— Efraim Perez, 44, who escaped Sanford Correctional Center on June 20, 1995, while serving a maximum sentence of 20 years for a 1993 robbery with a dangerous weapon conviction in Cumberland County.
— Stanley Rogers, 59, who escaped Wilkes Correctional Center on Oct. 25, 1996. Wilkes was serving a maximum sentence of 40 years for a 1994 robbery with a dangerous weapon conviction in Carteret County.
— Anthony Bobbitt, 58, who escaped Granville Correctional Center on Aug. 7, 1980. Bobbitt had been serving a maximum of 30 years for a 1975 armed robbery conviction in Vance County.
—Frank Bralick, 59, who escaped the now-closed Triangle Correctional Center on Jan. 26, 1981. Bralick had been serving a maximum of 15 years for a 1978 armed robbery conviction in Cumberland County.
— Linda Williams, 63, who escaped the N.C. Correctional Institution for Women on June 17, 1979. Williams had been serving a maximum sentence of 40 years for a 1977 armed robbery conviction in Duplin County.
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