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1995 prison escapee caught in Tattnall Co.

Manuel Hrneith, aka Alfredo Arrieta Urieta (Source: Capt. Kevin Keyfauver) Manuel Hrneith, aka Alfredo Arrieta Urieta (Source: Capt. Kevin Keyfauver)
TATTNALL CO., GA (WTOC) -

A Tattnall County man wanted for a 1995 escape from a North Carolina prison was arrested early Thursday morning.

Manuel Hrneith, aka Alfredo Arrieta Urieta, 49, was wanted by the North Carolina Department of Corrections. He was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Tattnall County Sheriff's Department, the Reidsville Police Department, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Hrneith escaped in May 1995 from the New Hanover Correctional Center in Wilmington, N.C, where he was serving an 18-year sentence. He was convicted in August 1991 on charges of second-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and armed robbery.

The Tattnall County Sheriff's Department got a tip Monday that Hrneith was in the Tattnall County area and they requested the assistance of the Marshals Fugitive Task Force to help capture him. 

A preliminary investigation by the Tattnall County Sheriff's Department and the Marshals Fugitive Task Force found that Hrneith was running a pine straw business in Cobbtown, Ga. He also bought a home under the alias Alfredo Arrieta Urieta in 2004 at 47 Bird Dog Circle in Cobbtown. 

It is unknown if Hrneith was in the Tattnall County area prior to the purchase of the home, according to the US Marshals Service.

At about 1 a.m. Thursday, members of the Tattnall County Sheriff's Department, the Reidsville Police Department, the GBI, and the Marshals Task Force arrested  Hrneith was arrested without incident.

Several weapons were found at the home and seized, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Hrneith was charged by the Tattnall County Sheriff's Department for the firearms and he will also await extradition proceedings to send him back to North Carolina.    

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