Escaped Inmates Caught in Georgia
We're learning more about the capture of two mountain inmates who escaped custody Tuesday afternoon in Avery County. Calvin and Phillip Metcalf were arrested early Wednesday morning in Calhoun, Georgia. That's just northwest of Atlanta.
The cousins were apprehended after allegedly trying to sell an AR-15 to a gas station clerk? Investigators in Avery County say the weapon belonged to the detective the Metcalf's assaulted during their get away. The sheriff believes the two tricked his detective.
Tuesday morning detectives in Avery County picked up Calvin and Phillip Metcalf from the McDowell County Detention Center. The cousins were being held there after they were arrested last week for allegedly breaking into three Mitchell county businesses.
Sheriff Kevin Frye says the Metcalf's recently reached out to his office. "They contacted us that they broke into several residence and that there was stolen property," he says.
The investigation led his detectives to their grandmother's home off Bent Road. That's when the Sheriff says the men made their move. "One of them jumped and assaulted him. During the scuffle he got the detective's fire arm. Struck the detective in the head," says Sheriff Frye.
The Metcalf's grandmother, who did not want to be identified, says she watched the entire escape play out. "The next thing I know there was some scuffing or something. The other deputy went upstairs and here comes Calvin running down," she says.
She says she begged the two not to go. "I said Phillip, you and Calvin both, I said don't do this. And Phillip said Nanny, and Calvin got a hold of him and said come on let's go," she says.
The men got away with the detective's weapons and his pick-up truck. They were eventually apprehended after a gas station clerk in Georgia called 911. Authorities there took Phillip Metcalf in custody without incident. After a brief scuffle with the officer, Calvin Metcalf was arrested.
An incident report says they had to use pepper spray to stop Calvin from trying to drive away. The men are being held in the Gordon County Detention Center. It could take a couple of days for them the be extradited to North Carolina.
By: Megan Schiering
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