NASH COUNTY, N.C. — There's a manhunt underway for an inmate who escaped from the Nash County Detention Center Monday night.
Channel 9's news partners at WTVD reported four other inmates who also escaped have already been captured.
Authorities said David Viverette, 28, and Raheem Horne, 25, were taken into custody late Monday night. Keonte Daeman Murphy, 23, and David Anthony Ruffin, 30, were captured early Tuesday morning.
The statewide search continues for 22-year-old Laquaris Battle.
The prison escape was likely in the works for months, according to officials.
Sheriff Keith Stone said the inmates pulled the wiring apart on a recently repaired fence in an exercise area, hopped two gates and then broke free. He said it's possible the inmates knew they were in a camera's blind spot.
"Some of these individuals probably saw it being worked on before. They're playing basketball, they're playing handball, they're bouncing up against it from time to time and it's just something you notice," said Stone.
The men were all behind bars for charges ranging from possession of a stolen vehicle to assault by strangulation and two are registered sex offenders.
The FBI and United States Marshals Service have been called in to assist.
"If you see something, notify us immediately," Stone said. "Lock your cars, lock your doors and if you see anything out of the way or you see a strange person walking around notify us immediately."
The Nash County Sheriff's Office is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to Battle's capture. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call (252) 459-1510.
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