Tri-County agencies investigate connection between escaped inmates, fleeing man

VIDEO: Tri-County agencies investigate connection between escaped inmates, fleeing man
Devante Rivers was arrested Monday after a chase with Charleston County Sheriff's Deputies (Source: CCSO)
Devante Rivers was arrested Monday after a chase with Charleston County Sheriff's Deputies (Source: CCSO)

SOUTH CAROLINA (WCSC) - The Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Sheriff's Offices are working together to figure out the connection between the three escaped inmates in Dorchester County and a man arrested in a stolen vehicle in Charleston County.

Matthew and Michael Chaplin, along with Donald Little are in maximum confinement at the Dorchester County jail after escaping early Friday morning through a 24 by 9 inch cell window.

Devante Rivers, 22, of Summerville, was apprehended Monday evening after a chase with Charleston County Sheriff's Deputies.

Rivers is facing multiple charges including possession of a stolen vehicle and failure to stop for blue lights.

He was caught driving the 2015 VW Passat reported stolen in Berkeley County Sunday morning.

"That was your only vehicle as far as transportation?" Judge Patricia Baldwin asked the victim in this incident at Rivers' bond hearing Tuesday. "'Yes, it was stolen out of my driveway," the victim said.

Berkeley County Deputies say it was stolen sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning. They believe it was used by the three escaped inmates and somehow ended up in the hands of Rivers.

Monday night Donald Little called Berkeley County dispatchers to surrender to authorities from his grandparent's home on College Park Road in Summerville.

DL: "This is Donald Little. I'm trying to call and turn myself in. I was one of the ones who got out of Dorchester County," Little said.

BCD: "Are you okay?"

DL: "I think my foots broke."

Later in the phone call Little's grandmother gets on the phone.

VL: "He just come up into my backyard.

BCD: "Okay."

VL: "Okay, and he's just sitting here waiting okay?"

Sunday Little's fellow escapees Matthew and Michael Chaplin were arrested at a Goose Creek home.

That house is four miles away from where the stolen car that Rivers was driving when arrested, was reported missing.

Officials have not officially said how all four men are connected.

Dorchester County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Sam Richardson said the three inmates will remain in maximum confinement while the Solicitor's Office reviews their cases and decides how to proceed.

During that time the Chaplin brothers and Little will have little exposure outside.

The window the inmates escaped from has been repaired.

Richardson said this is a multi-agency investigation that has had help from the Tri-County Sheriff's Offices, as well as North Charleston, Goose Creek, and Summerville Police Departments.

"It's really inspiring to see this joint effort," he said. "Everyone responded to that call of duty and was persistent."

While he commends the work done by the agencies he said the work by the public also deserves recognition.

"They were the eyes and ears on the street for us," he said. "Thank you to all the citizens who called in with tips."

Richardson added there is an investigation ongoing at the jail in light of this incident.

With cases like these training techniques and policies are always reviewed to make sure the best practices and measures are enforced.

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