Inmate escapes from NC jail using weapon made from toothbrush

Kelvin Singleton
Kelvin Singleton

EDENTON, N.C. (WAVY) — An inmate who escaped from the Chowan County jail Sunday afternoon remained at large Monday evening.

Authorities say 26-year-old Kelvin Singleton used a weapon-like tool made from his toothbrush and forced an officer to release him just before 4 p.m. Sunday.

“He used what we believe to be a makeshift shank — A knife made out of a toothbrush,” said Sheriff Dwayne Goodwin. The officer was not hurt. Goodwin says all jail officers are unarmed.

Singleton was arrested in January and charged with armed robbery and kidnapping. Police say he robbed an Edenton tobacco store and held the clerk at gunpoint. Goodwin says he forced the guard to open two locked security doors and then escaped through a delivery area in the rear of the jail. Singleton was last seen near the jail at the intersection of Gale and Oakum Streets shortly after the escape.

Goodwin says Singleton’s grandmother and sister live in Edenton, but he told 10 On Your Side they were not complicit in his escape, and their cars are not missing. “We don’t have any indication at this point that he was aided by anybody.”

10 On Your Side spoke with a woman who confirmed that she is Singleton’s sister, but she said she does not know where he is, and did not see him Sunday.

Singleton faces several charges in Charlotte, North Carolina including assault with a deadly weapon. Goodwin says Singleton’s child and his mother live in the Charlotte area, and he could very well be headed there.

Singleton is six feet tall and has a tattoo of a cross between his eyebrows. If you have information on his whereabouts you are asked to call the Chowan County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 482-8484.

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