Video captures Berkeley Co. jail escapee at MUSC

RAW: Escaped inmate seen at MUSC
Surveillance cameras capture escaped inmate James Sanders at MUSC's facilities.
Surveillance cameras capture escaped inmate James Sanders at MUSC's facilities.

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Medical University of South Carolina released video of escaped inmate James Sanders at the hospital a week after he escaped from a Berkeley County jail.

In the video released Thursday, Sanders is seen in waiting rooms and walking around the halls. According to MUSC officials, a review of the surveillance videotapes confirmed that Sanders was present in two waiting areas on Feb. 3 and 4, following his escape from the Hill Finklea Detention Center on Jan. 26.

According to hospital officials, Sanders was at the hospital visiting an acquaintance. MUSC officials say they believe Sanders will not return to the hospital since the person he was visiting is no longer at the facility.

MUSC officials say the surveillance videos show Sanders interacting with his acquaintance and no one else at the hospital. Sanders, who was locked up for a criminal domestic charge, is still on the run. He was last spotted in early February in the Sangaree Parkway area.

Earlier this week, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office released their findings from an internal investigation that found detention workers had made mistakes and made the escape easy for Sanders.

The investigative records were released along with video showing Sanders walk out of the detention facility.

According to records, Sgt. Patricia Collins and Lt. Tony Riley failed to read Sanders' entire file before clearing him for release. Authorities report that victim's advocates immediately fought the action and asked the officers to recheck Sanders' paperwork.

Investigation papers state that Collins said, "We have the discharge paper, we can't keep him here forever, it is what it is."

The investigation also showed that Pfc. Tyler McWethy failed to secure Sanders' handcuffs.

Once Sanders was out of the handcuffs, he trailed behind jail worker Sgt. Rosemary Sanders who was going to her vehicle through the facility's employee parking door, authorities say. When the sergeant questioned Sanders on a detention center arm band he was still wearing, Sanders took it off, handed it to her and kept on walking.

In the aftermath, the four workers at the detention center faced consequences.

If you have any information on Sanders' whereabouts you are asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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