Asheville on alert after inmate uses trip to doctor to escape into forest

Michael Calloway (Buncombe County Sheriff's Office)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WSPA) – The search continues for an inmate who escaped custody after assaulting an officer during a doctor’s visit.

UPDATE: Escaped NC inmate with violent past captured in Asheville

Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan said the escapee assaulted an officer before he fled into a wooded around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Authorities say 42-year-old Michael Calloway has a long criminal history that includes armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.

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The sheriff’s office said Calloway was at a doctor’s office in Biltmore Forest and had to have his restraints removed for a procedure.

Duncan said Calloway grabbed an officer, pushed him to the ground, and tried to hit his head on the ground.

Calloway is believed to be in the Hendersonville Road/Deerfield area.

The sheriff’s office said Calloway has been arrested on dozens of charges dating back to 1992 and is a habitual felon.

Police asked people to stay indoors if possible and immediately call 911 if they see Calloway or suspicious individuals that fit his description.

Calloway is 6 foot 1 and weighs 175 pounds. He has long salt and pepper hair, long reddish beard, and blue eyes.

Anyone with any information on Calloway’s location is asked to call the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 250-6670.

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