BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The "ultimate con artist" was captured on March 1 after 35 days on the run following his escape from the Hill-Finklea Detention Center in Berkeley County back in January. Below is a timeline of events leading up to his capture:
January 26: James Sanders escapes from the Hill Finklea Detention Center in Berkeley County.
January 26: A woman running errands picks up Sanders on the side of the road. Sanders gives the name "Brad Gillespie" and says he needs a ride to MUSC because his wife is in labor. Sanders is dropped off near the MUSC facilities.
January 27: After receiving a tip that Sanders was picked up and taken to the MUSC area, authorities move their search for Sanders to downtown.
February 1: Witnesses report seeing Sanders Sanders in two locations, near Farmington Road and near Sangaree Parkway. Investigators with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office and the Charleston County Sheriff's Office were involved in the search.
February 3 & 4: Surveillance footage from MUSC shows Sanders in two waiting rooms at the center. Hospital officials say Sanders was visiting an acquaintance.
February 6: Berkeley County Sheriff's Office announced that it has fired one employee, demoted another and suspended two after an internal investigation showed that workers made it easy for Sanders to escape.
February 21: Sander's ex-girlfriend speaks out on his escape. After watching video of his escape she says, "There's a smirk on his face. He's up to no good. It's like the devil."
February 29: A crew from the television show "America's Most Wanted" talk with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Marshals regarding a segment they plan to run on Sanders.
March 1: Myrtle Beach police arrest Sanders after he allegedly stole a woman's wallet at Broadway at the Beach, a large shopping and entertainment center in Myrtle Beach. Sanders was transported back the Berkeley County Detention Center.