Escaped inmate still on the run in WNC

Buncombe Co. inmate assaulted deputy before escape, sheriff says

Michael Calloway (From: Buncombe Co. Sheriff's Office)

UPDATE: Inmate has been captured

ASHEVILLE, NC (WSPA) – The search continues for an inmate who escaped custody after assaulting an officer during a doctor’s visit.

Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan said the escapee assaulted an officer before he fled into a wooded around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Authorities say 42-year-old Michael Calloway has a long criminal history that includes armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.

The sheriff’s office says Calloway was at a doctor’s office in Biltmore Forest and had to have his restraints removed for a procedure.

Sheriff Duncan says Calloway grabbed an officer, pushed him to the ground, and tried to hit his head on the ground.

Calloway is believed to be in the Hendersonville Road/Deerfield area.

The sheriff’s office says Calloway has been arrested on dozens of charges dating back to 1992 and is a habitual felon.

Police asked people to stay indoors if possible and immediately call 911 if they see Calloway or suspicious individuals that fit his description.

Calloway is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 175 pounds. He has long salt and pepper hair, long reddish beard, and blue eyes. At the time of his escape, he was wearing a brown Buncombe County Detention Center jumpsuit without shoes.

Anyone with any information on Calloway’s location is asked to call the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 250-6670.

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