ONLY ON 3: Mother, brother of escaped inmate speak out
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man who escaped from jail in Brunswick County Thursday is still on the run tonight. His family is speaking out about the situation.
Layers of fencing, coils of barb wire and heavy surveillance systems surrounds the Brunswick County Detention Center to prevent inmates from getting out. But that’s exactly what happened Thursday when William Earl Hewett, 22, walked right out of the front doors.
Investigators say he passed through a security system that includes an eye scan, Social Security Number verification and photo ID bracelet verification.
Hewett got an armband from his brother, Curtis Wayne Hewett, who was being held on an unrelated charge.
We spoke to Curtis and members of his family the situation.
Curtis described what he has been experiencing in jail.
“They left me in a cell for 12 hours without a mat and nothing to eat,” he told WWAY by phone from jail Saturday. “I was there yesterday with nothing to eat all day long, and I didn’t get nothing to eat until 5:30 this morning. They won’t let me take a shower. I haven’t taken a shower since I’ve been in here.”
A Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman denied the allegations.
William and Curtis’s mother Kathy Hewett Carter said Curtis, who was in jail on an assault on a female charge before William’s escape and is now also charged with aiding and abetting the escape, has never been in trouble before.
“If you look at his record, he hasn’t been in trouble,” Carter said. “This is his first time ever being in trouble. He is just a good boy.”
We asked her why she thought William ran away.
“I don’t know, but his grandmother is dying,” Carter said. “I don’t know where he is at. I don’t have a clue. He has not tried to contact me. I don’t know where William is at.”
Curtis Hewett’s bond was raised from $100,000 to $750,000 after a Brunswick County Judge deemed him a flight risk. He remains in jail tonight. Meanwhile the search for William Hewett continues.