Law enforcement is looking for an escaped prisoner from a recreation yard in Lumberton

Joshua P. Ostwalt escaped on Wednesday and was recaptured (Photo: NCDPS)

ROBESON COUNTY, North Carolina (WWAY) – Law enforcement is looking for a prisoner who escaped this afternoon.

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety says Joshua P. Ostwalt (#1017527) escaped this afternoon around 3 p.m. from the recreation yard at the Robeson Containment in Response to Violation Center in Lumberton.

Ostwalt, 32, is 6-foot-3 and weighs 170 pounds. He has tattoos on his left and right arms and hands, as well as prominent tattoos on his neck. He also used the surname spelled “Ostowalt”.

He was serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence for breaking and entering and a parole violation. He was due to be released on July 27, 2023.

An escape warrant is in preparation. He also faces unrelated charges of break and enter.

CRV centers house and provide intensive behavior modification programs for those who have committed technical probation violations. CRV centers incarcerate offenders for 90-day periods in response to violations of probation, parole, or post-release supervision, as mandated by the Justice Reinvestment Act of 2011.

If you see Ostwalt, please call 911 or the Robeson CRV at 910-618-5535.