Newton County

Inmate who escaped from metro Atlanta hospital caught in North Carolina

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. — An inmate who escaped from a hospital nearly a week ago has been caught.

Police, deputies and Georgia State Patrol Troopers were searching for Kendrick Hurst, 34, who escaped from Piedmont Newton Hospital in Covington on Sunday.

He was found in Wake County, North Carolina on Friday. He now faces additional escape charges on top of his initial charges.

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Hurst was arrested on April 28 on charges of terroristic threats, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, obstruction, and several traffic violations.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office officials say they are investigating to determine who helped him escape and if proper policies were followed while taking him to the hospital.


When he escaped, he was wearing a bright lime green jumpsuit.

Police are still investigating how he managed to escape and if anyone helped him.

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