Prisoner Caught After Another Edgecombe County Escape

A teenaged suspect who escaped from the Edgecombe County jail annex is now back behind bars.



The Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office tells WITN that guards were overpowered at the Edgecombe County jail annex and 17 year-old
Chamone Diggins escaped.

This happened Saturday night at 9:30pm at the jail located at 301 Saint Andrews Street in Tarboro.

Diggins has several charges including breaking and entering, larceny, felony conspiracy, robbery, assault on a female and assault with a deadly weapon.

The news release says he was last seen in the Pintops area.

If you have any information you are asked to call the Edgecombe County Sheriff's office.

The Sheriff's Office says as of 6:30am Sunday Diggins was still on the loose.

Here is the news released given to WITN by the Sheriff's Office:

On April 18, 2009 at approximately 9:30 pm an inmate escaped from the Edgecombe County Jail Annex. The Jail annex is located at the Edgecombe County Courthouse at 301 Saint Andrews Street in Tarboro. The escapee and his charges are:

Chamone Diggins B/M, 17 years old, 5’9, and 145 lbs

Brown eyes, dark complexion and medium length dreadlocks.

307 Pitt Street

Pinetops, NC 27864

Chamone Diggins is charged with breaking and entering, larceny, felony conspiracy, robbery, assault on a female and assault with a deadly weapon. Diggins overpowered the guards and the internal investigation is ongoing. The guards were not seriously injured in the escape.

Diggins has been seen in the Pinetops area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office at 252-641-7911


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  • by Brain storming Location: tarboro on Apr 20, 2009 at 03:15 PM
    I think this is crazy, escapee running free, It's time for some of the old leadership to go and in with some new ideas. Election time is coming, time for a change if this is going to contine. Federal inmates and other running loose. Knight this is ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Bob Location: Plymouth on Apr 19, 2009 at 09:13 PM
    Why should they have to shave thier heads it have nothing to do with thier crimes or the time they have to serve..........Thank you very much
  • by vet Location: USA on Apr 19, 2009 at 07:30 PM
    They should have to shave their heads when incarcerated. Not only for the stink, but for disease. It's in the bible, Sampson and Delilah. Honorable men in the US Military have to do it, why not these Pukes...
  • by useyourbrainsppl Location: Tarboro on Apr 19, 2009 at 06:29 PM
    American biker...especially...use your brain!! The deputies and the sheriff weren't the ones who let them go! They were the ones who had to work way overtime to find them to compensate fot the idiots working in the jail. I am not the biggest fan of sheriff, or the sheriff's office, but this was no one's fault but the jailers! Someone needs to be fired, and they need to hire more wisely in the future. This is getting to be ridiculous. But I know a certain someone who worked an 80 hr week trying to catch all the escapees, on about 8 hours of sleep in two days. Show a little respect!
  • by Jason Location: Washington on Apr 19, 2009 at 05:24 PM
    Come on WITN, slow on the ball??? WRAL seems to have it in their corner. He has been caught! http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/4981831/
  • by American Biker on Apr 19, 2009 at 11:22 AM
    There are more Barney Phifes working on the Edgecome county Sherriffs Dept, and at the jail than could fill 20 towns like Mayberry, ans James Knight is there leader......
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Apr 19, 2009 at 10:45 AM
    Will he rob a bank too? Those other 3 had to been hoping to stay in prison for the rest of their lives.
  • by J Location: Choco on Apr 19, 2009 at 10:18 AM
    He has been caught!
  • by WITN on Apr 19, 2009 at 09:56 AM
    The photo has been added.
  • by Melvin Location: Jacksonville on Apr 19, 2009 at 09:06 AM
    This is the systemic problem of our our judicial system. Incarceration any more is more like camp than jail. Unfortunately for law abiding citizens that are preyed upon by the revolving door policy of the Liberal mentality that views felons as victims of society rather than criminals that should be incarcerated to the full extent of their crime. We as a society will continue to be victims of these predators, until we put more of an emphasis and cost of keeping these career criminals in a jail and not a camp facility.
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