Girlfriend jailed for obstruction; Manhunt suspect still loose

Wynter Charise Sunderland, left, and Dean Arte Lampkin Jr. (Source: Berkeley County Sheriff's Office)
Wynter Charise Sunderland, left, and Dean Arte Lampkin Jr. (Source: Berkeley County Sheriff's Office)

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - Police have arrested the girlfriend of a wanted man who has been on the run since Wednesday afternoon.

The Moncks Corner Police Department arrested 28-year-old Wynter Charise Sunderland, who is the girlfriend of 24-year-old Dean Arte Lampkin Jr. Authorities also seized three firearms and a bullet proof vest late Wednesday night.

Sunderland is charged with obstruction of justice in the investigation. Police say that Sutherland was a passenger in the green Honda Lampkin was seen driving Wednesday. They also said the car Lampkin was driving was registered in Sunderland's name.

Authorities are still searching for Lampkin who is considered armed and dangerous. Police haven't ruled out a link between Lampkin and a shooting in Russellville that killed a man earlier this week.

The manhunt for Lampkin started with a routine traffic stop around 12:09 p.m. when police attempted to stop a green Honda Lampkin was driving. Officers say at one point, Lampkin jumped from his rolling car and ran into the woods carrying what appeared to be an assault rifle. Lampkin's car then collided with a parked vehicle.

Chief Chad Caldwell said that Lampkin then ran toward Sutherland's residence at the St. Francis Villa apartments located off of Bradley Road where K-9 units tracked the suspect.

After a five-hour wait, SWAT teams shot two canisters of tear gas into the residence to try to get force the suspect out. Authorities then forced themselves into the the home, but the suspect was nowhere to be found.

According to a background check with the State Law Enforcement Division, Lampkins has a long criminal history which dates back to 2004 when he turned 18.

He was sentenced to six years in prison for common law robbery and strong armed robbery in April 6, 2004. The charges stemmed from an incident on Jan. 2004.

In Oct. 2006, he was convicted of sale and possession of a stolen pistol and pointing and presenting a firearm at a person. He was sentenced to three years on each charge.

In March 2009, he was convicted of manufacturing and possessing a substance with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine in the first degree. He was sentenced to three years on each charge.

He was also charged, but not convicted of assault and battery with intent to kill.

Authorities say Lampkin Jr. should still be considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information on his whereabouts please call CrimeStoppers at 554-1111.

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