A man who escaped from the Wilkes Correctional Center in North Wilkesboro over 20 years ago has been apprehended in Horry County, S.C.
Stanley Lee Rogers, 63, was caught Wednesday at a home on William Nobles Road home in the small town of Aynor, reported the Horry County Sheriff’s Office. Rogers’ home address was listed as New Bern when he escaped, but he had relatives in Mount Airy and Galax, Va.
An Horry County Sheriff’s deputy who is part of a U.S. Marshals Service task force received a tip from law enforcement in Raleigh that started the investigation leading to his apprehension. Members of the Horry County Sheriff’s Office, Myrtle Beach police and Horry County police assisted with Rogers’ arrest.
Rogers had served less than three years of a 40-year sentence when he escaped from the minimum custody state prison unit here while on yard cleanup duty on Oct. 25, 1996. Authorities said Rogers was mowing at the time.
Prison personnel used tracking hounds to search for him that day but no solid leads could be found indicating the direction Rogers went when he left the prison.
A judge sentenced Rogers in 1994 after he was convicted of armed robbery in Carteret County. He was also sentenced to 25 years in prison after being convicted of kidnapping in 1979, according to prison records.
In September 2015, Rogers was included on a list of the 12 “most wanted long-term escapees” announced by the N.C. Department of Public Safety.