Sheriffâ€™s Deputy Connie Queen and Lincolnton Police Officer Neil McKinney lead Samuel Lawrence out of the courthouse Monday. Lawrence temporarily escaped custody after his first court appearance. Jenny Walling / LTN Photo
A man arrested Saturday for larceny escaped from police custody Monday outside the courthouse but was captured minutes later.
Samuel Wade Lawrence, 19, of Cherryville has been charged with misdemeanor escape from local jail, according to sheriffâ€™s Deputy Connie Queen.
Queen and jail employee Veda Reid were loading eight inmates into a transport van at about 11:45 a.m. Monday to take them back to Lincoln County Jail, Chief Deputy Bill Beam said.
As they were being brought out of the courthouse, one prisoner fell, and Lawrence took off, Queen said.
A passer-by outside the courthouse yelled to authorities that Lawrence was running away, Queen said.
During his escape his right leg chain came loose, Queen said.
Lincolnton police officers and county sheriffâ€™s deputies pursued him, and he was captured on Charlesvoix Avenue near the old county jail by Lester White and Sally Dellinger with the Sheriffâ€™s Office.
The escape was called in at 11:48 a.m., and the chase was over by 11:53, Queen said.
She lauded the teamwork shown by both county and city officers.
â€œIâ€™m just so glad that the city and county worked good together on that,â€ Queen said.
Lawrence had been in Lincoln County District Court that morning for his first appearance on the larceny charge, Lincolnton police said.
On Saturday he allegedly grabbed a purse from a woman at Worldwide Imports and fled. The bag contained $694, a Visa card, driverâ€™s license and other items.
A canine unit tracked Lawrence to Newbold Street, where he was arrested for felony larceny from a person, according to arrest reports. The purse and its contents were recovered. He was placed under a $10,000 secured bond.
Bond for the escape charges was set at $8,000, Queen said.by Alice Smith