NOT CAUGHT Police tracking Spartanburg escaped inmate in Asheville

Blake Rochester
Blake Rochester

This is video from yesterday’s search for the inmate. 

ASHEVILLE, NC (WSPA) – Asheville police say they have spotted a suspicious person on I-40W near exit 55 that matches the description of the Spartanburg County escaped inmate.

Other local media outlets have reported that he was captured in East Asheville.

Police say he wasn’t. It was someone else who matched his description.

Blake Rochester, 25, escaped Livesay Correctional Institution in Spartanburg Tuesday morning, according to the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDOC). Rochester remained at large as of Tuesday night.

The Asheville Police Department, with the help of the State Highway Patrol  and Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, are actively tracking Rochester.

Blake Rochester, 25, escaped Livesay Correctional Institution in Spartanburg Tuesday morning, according to the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDOC). Rochester remained at large as of Tuesday night.

READ: Cherokee Co. Escaped inmate has lengthy criminal record

Deputies searched for hours Tuesday on Union Highway and Old Race Track Road in Cherokee Co.

Investigators say Rochester carjacked a woman on Magnolia Street in Spartanburg around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

The carjacking victim was punched several times in the chest and taken to Mary Black Hospital and has since been released, Spartanburg police say.

The SCDOC believes that Rochester is armed.

They say someone placed a 9 millimeter handgun near a wooded area in Cherokee Co. for him.

Authorities followed tracks but didn’t find the gun, so they think he has it now.

Rochester was sentenced to nearly five years for breaking into a motor vehicle in Cherokee County, according to the SCDOC.

Prison officials noticed Rochester missing when they did a check at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Rochester has tattoos on his neck, forearm, right leg and praying hands on his upper arm, the SCDOC  says.

If you have any information on Rochester’s whereabouts, please call 877-349-2130. There is a reward for information leading to his arrest.

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