Both Duplin County inmates caught near Warsaw

DUPLIN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Two jail escapees have been captured.

Sheriff Blake Wallace says Frankie Williams, Jr. and Adam Bell were caught outside of Warsaw by more than a dozen deputies.

Acting on a tip, the two were found at a home off Henry Best Road. The sheriff said they are trying to determine if Williams and Bell had any help from the property owner.

The two scaled the fence Monday night at the jail annex, according to Wallace, who said both had some minor injuries.

The sheriff said the escapees were not armed and were in civilian clothes when arrested.


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A reward is being offered after authorities say two jail inmates scaled a fence and made their way to freedom.

Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace today warned family members of Frankie Williams and Adam Bell that it is a felony to harbor a fugitive.

Wallace says the two men were likely injured or have some cuts after their escape Monday night from the county's jail annex.

The annex is a minimum security facility for non-violent offenders.

Williams, who lives in Sampson County, was in for a parole violation while Bell, who is from Magnolia, was awaiting trial for obtaining property by false pretense.

The two were last seen wearing black and white striped jail jumpsuits.

The sheriff says they are offering $2,500 rewards each for the two men.


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An Eastern Carolina Sheriff's Office is looking for two inmates who escaped from jail on Monday.

Deputies say Frankie Maurice Williams, Jr., 22, and Adam Bell, 24, escaped from the Duplin County Jail Annex around 10:30 p.m.

Authorities say Williams is a black man with black hair and brown eyes. He's 5'9" and weighs approximately 170 pounds. He was last known to live in Sampson County.

Bell is described as white man with blue eyes and sandy color hair. He is 6'2" and weighs about 145 pounds. Deputies say he is from Duplin County.

The jail annex is on Highway 11 South near James Sprunt Community College.

Lt. Scott Kennedy says investigators are still working to determine how the two inmates managed to escape. Kennedy says they believe the men are still in Duplin County or the surrounding area.

Williams has pending charges for assault by pointing a gun, possession of a firearm by felon, and assault on a female. Bell was in jail for obtaining property by false pretense, and misdemeanor larceny.

Kennedy says to use caution if you encounter either of these men. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call the Duplin County Sheriff's Office at 910-296-2150.