Officials: Escaped inmate captured while trying to steal car

Gerrhon D. Mills (Photo: Wake Correctional Center)

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina Department of Public Safety says an inmate who escaped from a prison was captured while trying to steal a car.

Officials said Chapel Hill police took 32-year-old Gerrhon D. Mills into custody on Thursday afternoon, about 24 hours after he was reported missing from the Wake Correctional Center.

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Authorities said they arrested Mills as he was trying to take a car near a Chapel Hill shopping center, about 30 miles away from the prison in Raleigh.

The department didn’t say how Mills got out of the detention center.

News outlets report he was set to be charged with escape.