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Escaped inmate captured after officers notice broken window in Rowan Co.

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SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) -

The search for an escaped inmate ended Tuesday morning when investigators found Jonathan Dixon hiding in a building near Interstate 85 in Rowan County.

Dixon had escaped from Piedmont Correctional Institution in Salisbury early Monday morning.

Southeast Middle School, Knollwood Elementary School and Koontz Elementary School were on a code yellow lockdown as investigators with the Rowan County Sheriff's Office searched the area for the escaped inmate.

The Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement officers had been searching for the minimum-custody inmate who escaped this morning from Piedmont Correctional Institution on Highway 29 near Peeler Road.

Correctional staff discovered Jonathan Dixon missing from the prison's minimum–security unit at approximately 4 a.m. Monday.

He was caught around 10:35 am Tuesday morning in a building on Auction Drive, just off I-85 in Salisbury. 

Members of the Prison Emergency Response Team were searching in the area when they noticed a broken window at a local business. Upon entering the building, they located inmate Dixon and he surrendered without resistance. 

Dixon, 27, serving a maximum of 7 years for multiple counts of breaking and entering, among other charges. He was due for release in June 2017.

Prison officials say Dixon will face charges for escape from prison as well as additional charges for break-ins and burglaries he committed while on the run.

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