Prison escapee Michael Dewayne Clark has been captured in McDowell County and is on his way back to lockup.

At approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, McDowell County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Chris Taylor and Detective Patrick Guion and Marion Police Department Cpl. Eric Rodriguez were conducting an unrelated investigation at 425 Yancey St., when they spotted Clark at the rear of the residence.

Clark initially gave the investigators a fictitious name. As they attempted to take him into custody, he fled on foot and led them on a short pursuit before being apprehended.

Clark, 51, who has ties to McDowell County, escaped from a work assignment at Harnett Correctional Center on Thursday, Sept. 14 and had been on the run since. He was a minimum-custody inmate serving a sentence at Sanford Correctional Center for breaking and entering. His projected release date was February 2020.

A search of his belongings Tuesday turned up a loaded sawed-off shotgun. Weapons-related charges are pending.

The N.C. Department of Corrections took custody of Clark and transported him back to prison Tuesday.

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