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Prison escapee Stephen Singleton captured in New Hanover County

 Stephen Singleton
Stephen Singleton

WILMINGTON – Prison escapee Stephen Singleton’s five days on the run ended Monday after he was apprehended by New Hanover County sheriff’s deputies.

According to a press release from the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Singleton, 34, was caught after a chase that ended in a crash at the end of Carolina Beach Road. Singleton, who deputies said was driving a stolen vehicle at the time, was injured in the crash, but his condition was not released.

Singleton escaped from New Hanover Correctional Center Wednesday, July 20, by placing a shirt over the razor wire of the fence near his dorm.

Singleton was captured in the 300 block of Bordeaux Street by members of the sheriff’s office vice and narcotics unit, and gang task force at 7:45 p.m., according to sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer.

Singleton, of Wilmington, was serving sentences for habitual misdemeanor assault and larceny. According to the N.C. Department of Corrections, he was convicted in December 2015 and was due for release in January 2018.

Singleton will face additional charges for felony escape from prison and additional charges based on any other crimes he committed while on escape.

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