Officials: Inmates Escape NC Prison, Found Hours Later

LUMBERTON, N.C. — Officials in North Carolina say two inmates escaped a prison, but were caught hours later.

The Department of Public Safety says Craig Guess Jr. and Arlo Swink Jr. escaped from the Robeson Confinement in Response to Violation Center in Lumberton shortly before 3 p.m. Monday and were found nearby on foot three hours later.

Officials are investigating how they escaped.

Officials say Guess and Swink were serving 90-day periods of confinement for violations of their post-release supervision.

Guess was convicted of attempting to obtain property under false pretenses in 2019 and Swink was convicted of a drug offense in 2021.

Officials say the men were sent to a higher custody level facility and will be charged with felony escape.