Escaped inmate captured in Haywood County

Sep 08, 2013

Escaped inmate John R. Fullwood surrendered to correctional officers at about 5:20 p.m. Sunday in Haywood County. Telephone tips led officers to a home on Incinerator Road, just off Interstate 40 between Canton and Clyde in the Thickety community. While officers were in the area, Fullwood emerged from the woods and turned himself in.

Fullwood, 51, was assigned to Buncombe Correctional Center, a minimum-security prison, and is serving six to eight years for discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle. He was charged and convicted in Haywood County and is serving time in Buncombe County. He was due for release in September 2016.

Police say he may have been attempting to make it to his parent's house in Haywood County, where he is from.

He was transported to Mountain View Correctional Center in Spruce Pine and will face a charge of felony escape.

Fullwood walked away Friday morning from a work assignment at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville and corrections and law enforcement officers had been searching for him since.

Haywood County Sheriff's Office deputies assisted in the search over the weekend when the Buncombe County Correctional Facility discovered he may have potentially made his way to Clyde, said Chief Deputy Jeff Haynes.