Escaped inmate search moves to downtown Charleston

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County sheriff's deputies have moved the manhunt for an escaped inmate from Moncks Corner to downtown Charleston.

Deputies received a tip that escaped inmate James Sanders was picked up by a vehicle and taken to the MUSC area in downtown Charleston. Charleston police are assisting in the search for Sanders.

"We're in present time looking for this gentlemen trying to find him and locate him," said Berkeley County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dan Moon.

Investigators say Sanders escaped from the Hill Finklea Detention Center in Moncks Corner around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. He was last seen barefoot, wearing a white T-shirt and dark shorts. Authorities have not released details of how Sanders escaped.

Sanders was in jail on charges of criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. The victim in that domestic violence case was taken into protective custody by police until Sanders is captured.

Berkeley High School was placed on a lock down earlier in the day Thursday as a precaution. That lockdown was lifted around 6 p.m.

If you have any information on where Sanders could be, call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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