MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office says a deputy found a fugitive with a pistol during a traffic stop Tuesday night. Authorities arrested 24-year-old Dean Arte Lampkin Jr. who was wanted by police after escaping SWAT teams in Moncks Corner in May.
The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office says the K-9 unit deputy stopped a suspected stolen vehicle in the Russelville area.
The deputy then discovered that a passenger, Lampkin, in the vehicle was wanted by the Moncks Corner Police Department. Authorities say that Lampkin was found to have a pistol on him.
Lampkin was then locked up at the Hill-Finlea Detention Center. The sheriff's office charged Lampkin with firearms/possession, purchase or sale.
The Moncks Corner Police Department charged Lampkin with unlawful carrying of a pistol, failure to stop for a blue light and receiving stolen goods valued at $2,000 or less Wednesday morning. Less than 12 hours later he was also charged with felon in possession of a weapon. Altogether, bond for Lampkin was set at $35,000.
Those charges stem from a May 11 incident where authorities say Lampkin was involved in a five-hour standoff with SWAT teams at a home in St. Francis Villa. When authorities entered the home, Lampkin was nowhere to be found.
Police say it all started out as a routine traffic stop when Lampkin got of his car and started running into the woods.
Investigators say that the suspect was carrying two guns as he entered the woods. Both weapons were found shortly after by the K-9 unit called on scene. Police dogs and the license plate of the car Lampkin Jr. was driving led authorities to a home in St. Francis Villa.
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.