A man hunt is under way in Watauga County for a prisoner who escaped an Alexander County Deputy as he was being transported in Watauga County this afternoon.

The man escaped custody near Roby Greene & Archie Carroll Road, managing to take the keys to his handcuffs and flee the deputy.  Articles of the prisoners orange jump suit were found in the search area and the shackles in a creek.  Just after 4 pm this afternoon the Watauga Sheriff Deputy asked residents to lock down their vehicles and homes.

Sheriff Office contacted High Country Radio to communicate to residents asking them to report any suspicious person, and have since released a photo of the suspect which is attached to this article.

Just after 5, a resident in the area reported that her vehicle was missing and a description of that vehicle was being passed along to law enforcement.  It was described as a brown 1998 Toyota 4-Runner with a Harley Davidson License tag on the front.

Anyone with information about the suspect or spotting suspicious activity in the area is asked to please call 911.