Manhunt underway after prisoner assaults deputy, escapes from NC hospital
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Police are searching for a prisoner who assaulted a deputy and escaped custody at a North Carolina hospital Wednesday night.
Edward Moore, 39, escaped custody around 6:30 p.m. when he assaulted the deputy, took his Taser and fled the hospital, WNCN reports. He was at the facility to receive an undisclosed treatment.
During the escape, he stole a van from a woman who was at the hospital with her father.
“I was unloading him, got him in a wheelchair and when I stood up, turned to take him inside the inmate ran out with a weapon pointed at us, yelling, ran around my vehicle and got in and took off,” said Naloni William. “I was wondering what was going to happen to my dad. He’s already sick. That’s my daddy. You know, who’s going to get hurt? What’s gonna happen next?”
Moore, who was in jail for robbing several banks, is considered to be dangerous.
Deputies later found Williams’ vehicle with the Taser inside on Fresno Drive off Santa Fe Drive in Fayetteville.
“It’s a very unfortunate situation, we’re making progress, we’ve recovered van, woman’s cell phone, officer’s Taser, now just a matter of locating the prisoner,” said Cumberland County Sgt. Sean Swain.
As of Thursday morning, Moore has not been located. He is believed to be wearing an orange jumpsuit with shackles on his legs.
Anyone with information about Moore’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 or the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 323-1500.