Escaped inmates caught in West Virginia

Suspects allegedly robbed bank after escape
April 19, 2009 4:19:17 PM PDT
Authorities have caught three men who escaped from a NC detention center Thursday night. Three federal inmates escaped from the Edgecombe County Detention Center just before midnight Friday. According to authorities the men breeched an exterior door at the facility.

After escaping, they stole a 1989 white GMC pickup truck with NC license plate WVK 2844.

The inmates are identified as 37-year-old Anthony Artip of Ashland KY., 38-year-old James Butler of Raleigh and 29-year-old David Cox of Fayetteville.

According to authorities, the men were captured after allegedly robbing a bank in Marmet, which is located five miles southeast of Charleston, WV. Deputies say at least one of the suspects was wearing his prison issued orange jump suits and flip-flops.

Published media reports indicate police chased a truck they believed was used in the bank robbery. When officers stopped the vehicle, they arrested the men.

One of the escapees, Artip, was previously on the America's Most Wanted list for a three-month bank robbing spree and for escaping custody in 2008.


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