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5th and final escapee from Nash jail caught in South Carolina

April 1, 2019

Officials will hold a news conference Monday detailing the search and capture of five Nash County inmates.

The fifth of five inmates who escaped on March 25 from the Nash County Detention Center was back in custody Sunday morning, having been identified and apprehended during a traffic stop in South Carolina.

Laquaris Rashaad Battle was found in Hardeeville, S.C., just after 4 a.m. and was taken to the Jasper County Jail. He was a passenger in a car driven by Mia Andrea Dasha Evans. Another passanger, Jaishawn Freeman, was charged with possession of cocaine.

Battle will be transported back to North Carolina, according to officials.

Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone has said Battle and four others – David Marshal Viverette, 28, David Ruffin Jr., 30, Keonte Daemoan Murphy, 23, and Raheem D-Carlos Horne, 26, – forced their way through a fence in the exercise yard at about 3:30 p.m. on March 25, and made their way into a wooded area, where they may have been picked up by an accomplice.

The other four inmates were captured within 24 hours, but Battle remained at large for almost a week.

In announcing his capture, authorities did not say how they believed Battle got to South Carolina or whether he had a pre-existing relationship with the others in the car. Battle’s original charge was possession of a stolen vehicle.

Viverette and Horne made it to Hal Orr’s Inn in Rocky Mount, 15 miles away from the jail in Nashville. A motel employee said the men were hiding in a room that was reserved by a woman two nights in a row.

Viverette was in jail under a more than $100,000 bond on charges on robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Horne is currently facing charges in Nash, Edgecombe, Franklin and Wilson counties. He was due back in court next month and was being held under a $92,500 bond.

Ruffin has a long criminal history, including charges in multiple counties and charges of taking indecent liberties with a child. He was jailed under a $10,000 bond for a drug charge.

Murphy is also on the sex offender registry and was due in court Tuesday on a simple assault charge. He had previously been out on probation, but was jailed on an assault by strangulation charge, as well as other assault charges.

Crime Stoppers had offered a $1,500 reward for any information that led to Battle’s capture. Authorities did not say whether anyone collected that money after Battle’s arrest.