Escaped Prisoner On the Loose

Law enforcement across Eastern Carolina is on the hunt for an escaped prisoner.

Correction officials say 31 year old Mckermit Velasco appears to have climbed over the fence at the Carteret Correctional facility in Newport. Officials noticed the inmate was missing at a head count around 7:30 Sunday evening. Velasco has a history of violence and was serving a four month sentence for assault on a female. Officials say Velasco has ties to Brunswick County so he may be headed that direction. If you've seen Velasco you're asked to contact 9-1-1 immediately.