Brother helps brother escape NC jail; jailer fired

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William Hewett and Curtis Hewett (left to right)

BOLIVIA, N.C. — A jailer has been fired after deputies said a man helped his brother escape from a North Carolina jail.

WECT reported that Corporal Ashley Nicole Harrell is no longer employed at the Brunswick County jail after 22-year-old William Earl Hewett escaped on Thursday afternoon.

The suspect’s brother, Curtis Hewett, faces charges in connection to the escape. Authorities said Williams Hewett escaped by posing as his brother and bonding out of jail.

The brothers reportedly switched armbands while being held in the same jail cell. After being released, the suspect reportedly ran into a wooded area.

William Hewett was originally arrested on Jan. 21 after fleeing deputies in a stolen car. He faces various assault charges including first-degree kidnapping and communicating threats.

Brunswick County Sheriff Ingram said certain steps were not followed by jail staff that allowed the inmate to get out of the facility.

Read more: WECT