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Escapee faces new charges

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Laquaris Rashad Battle

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Monday, April 1, 2019

The final of five Nash County inmate escapees who was captured Sunday in South Carolina has a history of custody violations.

Laquaris Rashad Battle, of Castalia, is being held in the Jasper County Detention Center in Richland, S.C., after being captured during a 4:15 a.m. Sunday traffic stop in Hardeeville, S.C., about a five-hour drive from Nashville down Interstate 95.

Battle will be charged with escaping from a county jail and placed under an additional $30,000 bond, said Chief Deputy Brandon Medina of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office.

Prior to his escape from the Nash County Detention Center, Battle was awaiting transfer to prison after a conviction. His prior criminal conviction history includes felonious restraint and discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, according to the state Public Safety Department.

He has also been convicted of tampering with a monitoring device, post release and probation violations with each adding more time to his sentence. The 23-year-old Battle has spent more than four years of his life in prison.

Mia Andrea Dasha Evans has been identified as the driver of the vehicle in which Battle was located, Medina said.

Evans is a Nash County resident. It's not immediately clear whether charges are pending against her.

Medina wouldn't say whether Evans is the same woman who helped two of the escapees check into a local hotel.

That so far unidentified woman is likely facing charges of aiding and abetting. Deputies said last week they would better know her disposition when the investigation into that aspect of the case is complete.

Another passenger in the vehicle, Jaishawn Freeman, was charged with possession of cocaine.

Battle was one of a five inmates who escaped last week from the Nash County Detention Center.

Sheriff Keith Stone said the inmates were in an exercise area and escaped by pulling wire from a fence. Deputies pointed out the vulnerable fence to the Telegram last month during a tour of the facility.

The jailbreak underscores the need for an upgrade to the detention center and more detention officers, Stone said last week.

The other four escapees were tracked down by the morning after the escape. Keonte Daeman Murphy, 23, and David Anthony Ruffin, 30, were taken into custody in Farmville. David Marshal Viverette, 28, and Raheem D. Horne, 26, were captured at Hal Orr’s Inn in Rocky Mount.

Medina thanked Nash County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Kevin McLaughlin, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, Wake County Sheriff’s Office, Joey Corbett with the Nashville Police Department and everyone else involved in assisting with Battle’s location and apprehension.

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