After 2 weeks, escaped inmate still loose

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It has been more than two weeks since 39-year-old James Alan Sanders escaped from the Hill Finklea Detention Center in Moncks Corner.

Sanders is still on the run Friday despite two recent manhunts by local law enforcement agencies in which Sanders managed to elude authorities. Authorities say Sanders should be considered as aggressive and dangerous.

Sanders was being held on criminal domestic violence charges when he escaped on Jan. 26. Berkeley County officials say officers were getting ready to release Sanders after his bond hearing, but noticed he had more charges still pending against him.

While Sanders was in the holding area, he slipped out an employee door without any one noticing, investigators say. Several law enforcement agencies searched for Sanders in the area, but he got away.

According to Crime Stoppers, Sanders was seen the day he escaped by a woman who dropped him off near MUSC in downtown Charleston. He was wearing a white T-shirt and blue Ocean Pacific swim shorts with "OP" on them.

Authorities say Sanders was spotted last Wednesday afternoon in the Sangaree Parkway area of Summerville. After hours of searching, Sanders was never found.

According to witnesses, Sanders has changed his appearance. Witnesses say he has a shaved goatee, gray hoodie with a red shirt underneath and wearing jeans.

Anyone having any information regarding this individual should contact the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office at 843-719-4412 or CrimeStoppers at 843-554-1111.

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