Family runs into NC fugitive at restroom on James Island County Park

Cody Harahus
Cody Harahus
Dominic Alexander Fernandes
Dominic Alexander Fernandes

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say a man wanted by law enforcement in North Carolina was captured after a camper and his children ran into the fugitive at a campground on James Island.

The Charleston Police Department arrested 22-year-old Cody Harahus of Folly Beach and charged him with breaking into a motor vehicle. Police say Harahus is also wanted on two outstanding felony warrants by police in Statesville, NC.

Around 1:05 a.m. on Tuesday, officers responded to James Island County Park on 871 Riverland Dr. for two suspicious men who had been reportedly involved in larcenies from vehicles in the area.

Police say the victim, a 44-year-old man from Tennessee, and park staff were attempting to keep two suspects in the restroom when the officers arrived.

The victim said it all started after his children had awakened him after hearing someone rummaging around in their cooler outside the tent.

Authorities say the victim then checked the area, then escorted his children to the restrooms. When the victim and his kids got to the restroom, the victim reported seeing two suspects, later identified as Harahus and 21-year-old Dominic Alexander Fernandes, standing at a sink with numerous items laid out on the counter top.

A police report states the victim noticed that the items appeared to have been stolen from motor vehicles in the area.

Police say the items included a GPS unit, a cell phone, a pair of binoculars, several pairs of sunglasses, flashlights, AC charges for electronic devices and several ID cards.

Another camper reported to police that someone had rummaged through his car, with several items missing. Officers then escorted the camper to the bathroom where he positively identified numerous stolen items from his car.

Officers reported that they also found additional items that included two flashlights, an iPhone charger, a cell phone and a GPS device.

Fernandes of Charlotte, NC was also arrested and charged with breaking into a motor vehicle.

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