Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Escaped Tennessee inmate captured in Wilmington

WILMINGTON — A 50-year-old escaped inmate from Tennessee was captured in Wilmington Thursday evening.

Johnny “Shane” Brown was one of three inmates who broke out of the Sullivan County Jail through its HVAC vents last Friday, Feb. 4. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office reported Brown was serving time for harassment, domestic assault and aggravated stalking, as well as failure to appear and driving with a revoked license.

The other two inmates — Tobias Carr and Timothy Sarver — died earlier in the week in a car crash, according to the North Carolina’s State Bureau of Investigation. The two men led police on a high-speed chase, after allegedly robbing a convenience store in Sneads Ferry at gunpoint, tying up the store clerk, taking money from the register, and stealing the clerk’s car. The chase moved through Onslow, Pender, New Hanover, and Brunswick counties.

Brown was still on the lam during this time.

On Thursday, Feb. 10, around 9 p.m., U.S. Marshals Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force, with the help of Wilmington Police Department Task Force, detained Brown from an apartment located near S. 16th and Dock streets. A white, 2001 Chevrolet Silverado officers believed the inmates fled in was found at the apartment.

Brown is being held at the New Hanover County Detention Center, pending extradition.

There are no further details at this time, as the case is an ongoing investigation. 

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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