A prisoner escaped from Foothills Correctional Institution in Morganton Thursday (August 13) and was captured a short time later. 42-year-old John Curtis Anderson, escaped Thursday morning by climbing a fence at the minimum custody portion of the facility and running away. The minimum custody offender was captured Thursday afternoon in a wooded area approximately three miles from the prison in Morganton.
Anderson was apprehended in the woods at approximately 4:45 p.m. after a coordinated search effort by the Morganton Department of Public Safety, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety K9 unit and prison officials.
Originally from Cleveland County, Anderson was admitted to prison on July 9, 2019 to serve a sentence of two years and ten months for identify theft and fraud. He was scheduled for release on Jan. 16, 2022.
The North Carolina Department of Public Safety website says that Anderson has previous convictions for possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to sell schedule II controlled substance, and possession of stolen goods. He has been moved to a higher custody facility and will face charges for his escape.