Authorities nab escaped inmate


Clayton Ray Campbell


Staff Writer

Friday, February 16, 2018

An inmate who escaped from a nearby prison earlier this week was captured Friday in Rocky Mount.

Clayton Ray Campbell, inmate number 1454355, was apprehended by the state's Prisons Emergency Response Team and local law enforcement at around midnight after several hours on the lam. He was taken into custody without incident, said Jerry Higgins, a communications officer with the N.C. Public Safety Department.

Campbell, 24, walked away from Caledonia Correctional Institution, a minimum custody prison farm in Halifax County. While many inmates work in greenhouses or the cannery processing vegetables, Campbell had an outside work assignment. He now faces prison escape charges and will be held in one of the state’s higher security facilities.

Campbell was convicted of identity fraud and theft in May 2015 and was scheduled for release in October. His long list of criminal activities includes larceny, breaking and entering and driving while impaired, according to his conviction record.

Campbell first ran afoul of law enforcement in 2014 when he broke down on the side of a Catawba County road. Authorities who stopped to help found a stolen forklift and a large custom-made woodstove inside Campbell's vehicle. He claimed he had permission to remove and scrap the metal. He didn't, according to archived reports.