Lenoir County lawmen tell WITN that they caught the fifth of the six teens who escaped from prison custody in Pitt County Wednesday night.
16-year-old Charles Powell was found in a shed in La Grange, which is his hometown. Detectives say community members spotted Powell and called police. He was arrested around 9 a.m. Friday.
The only girl involved in breaking out of the Pitt County Regional Juvenile Detention Center was also found Friday morning. Pitt County investigators say 15-year-old Sabrina Daniels of Farmville was apprehended around 6 a.m. Friday in Edgecombe County. Lawmen say they were checking the homes of relatives of the escapees when they found her.
Only 17-year-old Jontaz Arthur is still at large. Three others were found Thursday evening in Ayden. Police found 15-year-old Tycon May, 15-year-old Deonta Blount and 15-year-old David Faison in an abandoned building on Blount Street. They were found with a state-owned vehicle reported stolen from the facility during the escape.
The director of the Pitt County Regional Juvenile Detention Center says Wednesday night's escape was gang related.
The teens overpowered guards around 11:10 p.m. and escaped from the holding center for teens who have been charged with crimes but are typically 15 years old or younger.
The center's director says there were three guards on duty, enough to watch over the 22 inmates when the escape happened.
This is the fourth time this year that youths have escaped prison custody in North Carolina.