Deputies locate inmate who escaped in Rocky Mount

Curtis Sparks is serving a sentence as a non-violent offender, has additionally been charged with felony escape

Deputies searching for Curtis Sparks after escaping from jail (Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Franklin County Sheriff's Office)

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Rocky Mount Police Department say they have located the inmate who escaped a group program on Saturday.

Officials say inmate Curtis Sparks, 35, was found in the area of Power Dam Road in Franklin County around 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. He was taken into custody without incident and has been charged with felony escape.

Deputies say a group of trustee inmates were attending a program on the Sheriff’s Office Complex. When the program was over, the group returned to the jail. That’s when authorities say Sparks ran away.

Law enforcement began immediate search of the area using drones and scent detection dogs, but have been unable to locate Sparks.

According to the sheriff’s office Sparks is serving a sentence as a non-violent offender and is known to frequent Henry and Botetourt County.

Sparks is described as 6 feet tall, 170 pounds, blue eyes, brown hair and is last known to be wearing a white shirt and blue pants. He has tattoos on both arms and neck.

Curtis Sparks neck tattoo (Franklin County Sheriff's Office)
Curtis Sparks Arm tattoo (Franklin County Sheriff's Office)
Curtis Sparks arm tattoo (Franklin County Sheriff's Office)