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Captured: Escaped Inmate Who Killed Two on Yadkin Farm Found 10 Miles From Prison Farm in Open Garage

James Ladd in 2002

Sept. 27, 2012. Prison Emergency Response Team officers and Alcohol Law Enforcement agents captured escaped inmate James Ladd just before 11 a.m. today in Halifax County about ten miles from the prison farm where he escaped Sunday.

Officers and agents were following up on a tip along N.C. 125 near Scotland Neck, when a passing motorist stopped and alerted them about a man he had just seen running from the woods toward a nearby home. The teams immediately responded to that home and began a search of the property around it.

Ladd was found crouched down in an open garage attached to the house and taken into custody without incident.

Ladd will face charges for escape from prison and internal prison disciplinary charges. He was housed at Tillery Correctional Center and was serving life sentences for the robbery and murders of two men in Yadkin County in 1980.

The search for Ladd over the past four days was a collaborative effort of the Division of Adult Correction, Alcohol Law Enforcement, the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, State Highway Patrol and Wildlife Resources officers. The agencies involved would like to thank the public for the many tips received that eventually led to Ladd’s capture.