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Escaped inmate captured by authorities

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Griffin reportedly escaped from a fenced area near the laundry room (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Griffin reportedly escaped from a fenced area near the laundry room (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Griffin after being captured by officials Tuesday (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Griffin after being captured by officials Tuesday (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Laquita Bellamy was arrested with Griffin Tuesday (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Laquita Bellamy was arrested with Griffin Tuesday (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Officers at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center have located an inmate Tuesday afternoon who had previously escaped Friday night.

J. Reuben Long officials said Jeremy Jaquan Griffin, 24, of Conway somehow escaped from a fenced area adjacent to the laundry room of the Minimum Security Building. Officers discovered him missing around 9:50 p.m. Friday.

Griffin had been booked Thursday and was serving a 90-day sentence for shoplifting.

He was working in the laundry room at the time of his escape.

Griffin was described as a black male standing 6' and weighing 210 pounds. He has two tattoos on his forearms and are described as follows:

  • Tattoo on right forearm of the name "Jayden"
  • Tattoo on left forearm of the name "Tiyanan"

Griffin's last known address is in the 2500 block of Oak Street in Conway.

Horry County Police were dispatched with bloodhounds during the overnight hours to search for Griffin.

Sunday morning, police also responded to a suspected sighting of Griffin, but no leads developed from that report.

Tuesday afternoon, officials said Griffin was located in an apartment in Myrtle Beach around noon in a closet.

Lisa Bourcier, spokeswoman for Horry County, said the Myrtle Beach Police Department received a tip the Griffin was in an area apartment. The Horry County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals surrounded the apartment.

Laquita Janika Bellamy, 22, of Myrtle Beach was also arrested and will be charged with aiding and abetting a felon.

Griffin has been charged with aiding escape from custody of officers and failure to appear. 

Further details surrounding the incident are unknown at this time. WMBF News will provide those details as they become available.

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