Two inmates who escaped Avery County authorities on Tuesday were captured in the early morning hours on Wednesday in Georgia.
The duo, 20-year-old Calvin Lee Metcalf of Bakersville and 25-year-old Phillip Nicholas Metcalf of Spruce Pine, were being held in the McDowell County Jail under $65,000 bonds.
The two had been originally arrested for allegedly breaking into a restaurant, a nail salon, and a drive-in last week in Mitchell County. WLOS-TV reports that the two had told the Avery detective they knew the location of stolen goods.
As part of a break-in investigation, Avery County deputies got the pair from McDowell Tuesday and transported them to Avery.
At approximately 4 p.m., the Metcalfs, who are cousins, overpowered the detective, stole his gun, and fled in the detective’s 2011 gray, four-door Dodge truck. The two were considered armed and dangerous.
A release from the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office said that the pair was captured in Gordon County, Ga., early Wednesday morning after a 12-hour manhunt involving authorities across North Carolina and surrounding states.
Northwest Georgia News reported that the pair was alerted to the Calhoun Police after a store clerk called 911 in reference to the two men trying to sell an AR-15 assault rifle with two clips inside the convenience store around 4 a.m.
The newspaper reports they found the stolen truck with Phillip inside. He was immediately arrested when police learned the truck had been stolen. Calvin was inside the store and was approached by police, the article states. Calvin became irate and a struggle ensued. Both suspects were taken into custody by Calhoun police.
A representative from the Avery County Sheriff’s Office said Sheriff Kevin Frye would not be available for an interview until Thursday, but that the suspects are in custody, the truck was recovered and they are awaiting extradition.