Search continues for suspect who avoided arrest by escaping motel

VIDEO: Search continues for suspect who avoided arrest by escaping motel
Photo Source: Joseph Turner
Photo Source: Joseph Turner

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities are searching for a suspect who eluded authorities attempting to serve warrants by reportedly escaping through a motel bathroom's ceiling.

North Charleston Police said the suspect, later identified as 27-year-old Dale Ferebee, barricaded himself inside a room at the Siesta Motor Lodge at approximately 2 p.m. Friday. U.S. Marshals and North Charleston officers were attempting to serve felony warrants on Ferebee at the time, NCPD spokesman Spencer Pryor said.

Ferebee is wanted for four outstanding bench warrants according to Charleston County Sheriff's Maj. Eric Watson, but the specific charges and the agency that issued the warrants were not immediately available. Court records indicate the bench warrants were issued after Ferebee failed to appear in court on drug charges in May, 2014.

According to an incident report, surveillance at the motel led authorities to the room to serve the warrants. As officers approached the room in which Ferebee had been spotted, officers saw him close the door and secure it, the report states.

A responding officer knocked on the door and announced himself but received no response, the report states. Police say an officer were unable to gain entry with a pass key and continued to knock on the door for another 15 minutes before a second officer retrieved a breaching tool from his patrol vehicle.

Officers then entered the room through a window and continued calling out to the suspect but did not receive an answer, the report states.

Pryor said negotiators and the SWAT team were called to attempt to make contact with Ferebee before it was determined he had escaped through the ceiling.

Authorities searched the area surrounding the motel and found no trace of the suspect, Pryor said.

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