Recaptured jail escapees refuse to attend bond hearings

VIDEO: Escapees refuse to attend bond hearings
Michael Chaplin (Source: DCSO)
Michael Chaplin (Source: DCSO)
Matthew Chaplin (Source: DCSO)
Matthew Chaplin (Source: DCSO)

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Two brothers who escaped from the Dorchester County jail and were then recaptured, refused to leave their cells Monday afternoon for their bond hearings.

Michael and Matthew Chaplin and a third inmate broke out of the jail last Friday morning.

Judge Katrina Patton held Michael and Matthew Chaplins' bond hearings without them.

Authorities say the Chaplins and Little used a piece of metal to pry open a second floor window at the St. George jail Friday morning. Sunday night, a tip led Berkeley County sheriff's deputies and Goose Creek Police to a house on Foxborough Road.

Residents were surprised to see so many cops.

"We were kind of startled at first because all these cars in my front yard and I thought holy cow," Frank Bender said. "When I looked the swat team was all out there with their weapons pointed toward the house."

People were told to stay inside their homes.

"I looked out one more time through the peephole and there was a loud boom like an explosion. I went woo, they might have broken in the door or thrown a gas bomb," resident Ellen Shoener said.

The sheriff's office says the Chaplins knew a woman living at the house and surrendered without a fight.

Folks in the neighborhood were surprised the escapees went from Saint George to Goose Creek.

"That's all the way on from Dorchester county. They made their way here real quickly," Janet Bender said.

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