An inmate scaled a razor-wire fence and escaped from the Duplin County Jail Annex late Wednesday, authorities say.
The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $2,000 cash reward for information leading to the capture and arrest of Ronald Lee Ennis Jr., said Sheriff Blake Wallace.
Ennis was being held at the annex after he eluded arrest from the sheriff’s office on March 25.
“One of our deputies tried to stop him for a traffic violation and he ran from the deputy,” Wallace said.
He was charged with felony eluding arrest and resisting an officer, Wallace said, and deputies learned Ennis had several outstanding warrants from Durham, including burglary, assault on a female, breaking and entering and simple assault.
Ennis, a black man approximately 5’8” tall and 140 pounds, escaped on Wednesday around 9:30 p.m. after he darted from the barracks and scaled the razor-wire fence, Wallace said.
Deputies “did an exhaustive ground search until early this morning,” Wallace said, and are following up on any leads concerning where Ennis might be now.
He was last seen wearing an orange and white striped pants and white thermal top with no shoes, Wallace said.
Ennis, who has a star tattoo on his forehead, a tattoo under his right eye and numerous arm, hand and neck tattoos, is considered to be dangerous, according to a press release. Wallace said he was unarmed when he escaped and the photo of Ennis isn’t clear enough to be more specific on the types of tattoos.
Wallace also asked that medical personnel keep an eye out for Ennis.
“I feel pretty confident that he’s sustained some injuries,” he said, regarding the razor-wire.
Ennis has numerous court dates in three separate counties currently on the N.C. Courts calendar, including speeding and driving while impaired in Sampson County; misdemeanor injury to real property in Duplin County; and felony habitual felon, felony habitual misdemeanor assault, felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury and misdemeanor child abuse in New Hanover County.
Wallace said the sheriff’s office has reached out to Wilmington and Durham to ask that they be on the lookout for Ennis there as well.
Anyone with any information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office at 910-296-2150 or call 911.