Man who escaped custody captured month later

by: Mark Becker Updated:


MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. - A Rowan County escapee's run for freedom ended early Friday morning at a house in Southwest Charlotte almost two months after it began with a daring climb over a razor wire fence in downtown Salisbury.

Jameel Stephens-Maddox, 21, had escaped from the Rowan County Magistrate's office in early July, after he managed to slip out of his handcuffs and climbed the fence outside the building in downtown Salisbury.

Officers with CMPD's Steele Creek Division arrested Stephens-Maddox, 21, at a home on Sharview Circle after 7 Friday morning.  They say they got information late Thursday night that pointed them to the house off Nations Ford Road. Stephens-Maddox was reluctant at first but ultimately went with officers as they put him in handcuff, they said.

"No, there was no resistance.  He was upset when he came out -- he was just relieved. He just wanted to get the charges over with," said Lt. Jim Hummel.

Officers took Stephens-Maddox to the Mecklenburg County jail where he was hit with several charges including resisting public officers, fleeing to elude police, possession of a firearm by a felon and a probation violation.

A captain with the Rowan County Sheriff's Office said they would arrange to pick Stephens-Maddox up sometime Friday and take him back to Salisbury to face the charges connected to his escape.

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Man escapes handcuff, climbs fence at magistrate's office

Officials: Man escapes handcuffs and climbs fence to freedom

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