Escaped prisoner caught near Martin County Government Center

WILLIAMSTON, N.C. (WITN) – A man who escaped from Martin County deputies was caught near the Government Center.

Brian Powell was in custody for outstanding warrants for trafficking in opium. Deputies say around 9:45 a.m., as the Williamston man was being moved from the courtroom area to the magistrate’s office, he was able to escape and run from the Government Center.

The 35-year-old Powell was last seen running toward Moratoc Park.

Around 1:40 p.m. the escapee was found under an abandoned home off Main Street by Williamston police officers and deputy sheriffs.

In addition to the original trafficking in opium charge, Powell was also charged with misdemeanor escape. He’s being held on a $2.6 million secured bond and a January 12th court date.