Jailer fired as search for escaped inmate continues

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County jailer has been fired as the search continues for an inmate who apparently escaped on her watch.

Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram fired Ashley Harrell this morning a day after she was suspended and two days after inmate William Earl Hewett escaped from the Brunswick County Detention Center in Bolivia, Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

Ingram has said Hewett got out Thursday afternoon after switching arm bands with his brother Curtis, who was set to be released on bond. The sheriff said other protocols were missed, as well. Curtis Hewett has been charged for his role in the escape.

Flax said Harrell was on duty at the time of William Hewett’s escape. She also said part of Harrell’s responsibilities at the time was to process inmates being released.

Deputies used a helicopter and dogs as they continued searching today for Hewett, who they say is a validated member of the Folk Nation gang. Their search continues to be focused on the area from Bolivia to Southport, where Hewett is from and his family lives.

Ingram encourages residents to lock their homes and out buildings. He says if you see anything or anyone suspicious, call 911.

William Hewett was in jail on multiple charges, including kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.

Curtis Hewett was in jail for assault on a female. His bond is now up to $750,000 after he was charged in the escape.

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