COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The man who was a subject of a manhunt since fleeing from police Tuesday was captured Wednesday morning in a wooded area.
Anthony Hyatt was wanted for burglaries and property crimes, according to a post from the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page.
Hyatt was captured in the wooded area behind Cobb Road, Colleton County Sheriff’s spokesperson Shalane Lowes said. Walterboro Police Cpl. Amye Stivender said Hyatt was captured after a foot chase.
Deputies say he tried to evade authorities by running into the woods and scaling a fence with barbed wire at the top.
He was sent to the Colleton County Medical Center for evaluation, Stivender said.
Colleton County deputies initially said he ran from law enforcement in the area of Sniders Highway on I-95 at a Red Roof Inn early Tuesday.
Law enforcement were out all day and night trying to find him before almost catching a break.
A civilian saw Hyatt around 2 a.m. Wednesday at a Ramada Inn in Colleton County and law enforcement quickly responded. He was able to run away from authorities into a wooded area where deputies have now intensified patrols.
He was wanted out of multiple jurisdictions with Charleston County, Colleton County and Walterboro police all assisting in the search.
Hyatt had last been seen wearing a black hoodie and red and black pajama bottoms. Deputies said he was considered armed and dangerous and may have been injured.
Walterboro Police say an automated 911 telephone alert was sent out to residents who live in the immediate area.
Officials with the Walterboro Police Department say it all began on Tuesday at 12 p.m. when officers were notified that Berkeley County had several active warrants on an individual that was believed to be staying in a hotel in Walterboro.
“The suspect, Anthony Hyatt, was staying at the Red Roof Inn, 1288 Sniders Hwy, when the officers attempted to make contact,” WPD officials said.
According to a report, Hyatt exited the hotel room and jumped from the second floor balcony and fled from officers on foot in a large wooded area behind the hotel.
Police say the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office came and assisted in the search for Hyatt, and after several hours, and a K9 track, Hyatt was not located, however officers remained in the area.
Around 5:45pm, dispatch was contacted in reference to a sighting of Hyatt near the EZ Mart on Sniders Highway.
“A perimeter was again set up with officers from Walterboro Police Department and the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.,” police said."A search continued for Hyatt throughout the night, with assistance from Colleton County Fire Rescue and Charleston County Sheriff’s Office who provided air support."
At 9 a.m. on Wednesday, dispatch was notified of another sighting of Hyatt on Sniders Highway near Cobb Street.
Authorities said officers from the Walterboro Police Department and the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office quickly responded.
A report states that when Hyatt saw officers, he climbed over a chain link fence with barb wire and continued his fleet from officers in the wooded area near Cobb Street.
After a foot pursuit, two officers from the Walterboro Police Department were able to capture Hyatt in the wooded area, police said.
Hyatt was transported to Colleton Medical Center for evaluation and released to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office for pending charges.
“I cannot speak highly enough of our officers who worked day and night to ensure that Hyatt was captured. The assistance from the surrounding agencies was the perfect example of our mutual aid agreements at work. This was a joint effort to ensure that the safety of our community was our top concern. Thank you to all of the concerned citizens who called in, which helped lead to Hyatt’s arrest.” – Chief W. Marvin, Walterboro Police Department.