Deputies: Father of captured Orangeburg County jail escapee taken into custody

Deputies: Father of captured Orangeburg County jail escapee taken into custody
Christopher Shannon Boltin (Source: Orangeburg Co. Sheriff's Office)
Christopher Shannon Boltin (Source: Orangeburg Co. Sheriff's Office)

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The father of the man who escaped Saturday from the Orangeburg County Detention Center has been taken into custody, deputies say.

Hoyte Boltin, the father of Christopher Boltin, is expected to be charged in connection with providing some type of assistance to his son after the escape, according to Orangeburg County Sheriff's spokesman Richard Walker.

As of late Monday afternoon, Boltin had not yet been charged, Walker said.

"No bond hearing has been scheduled yet for either father or son," Walker said.

The search continues for Curtis Ray Green, 20; and Tyshon Demontrea Johnson, 27, the other two inmates who escaped the facility shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday. The U.S. Marshals, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Orangeburg Department of Public Safety, and other local agencies are assisting the Orangeburg deputies.

As of Monday afternoon, officials are still following up on leads on the whereabouts of Green and Johnson.

"We know that these individuals are dangerous, we hope they're not armed at this time, but we just advise people to remain vigilant and make phone calls, call us if they see or hear anything," he said.

County administrator: Inmates took advantage of malfunctioning control panel to escape 

Earlier on Monday, Orangeburg County Administrator Harold Young said four inmates seized an opportunity Saturday night when a short in a control panel opened several cell doors in a housing pod.

"The four individuals took that opportunity to jump that officer," Young said. "They got his mace and maced him in the face."

One of the inmates then went to the panel and began pressing all buttons to effect an escape, Young said.

But despite the officer's injuries, he was able to get to the panel and re-secure the pod, keeping more inmates from leaving their cells, Young said. One of the four was captured before he could escape the facility.

Ravenell said Johnson was apprehended on a murder charge in October 2017 by Orangeburg County deputies and U.S. Marshals. Green was charged in a March 20, 2015, murder case, he said. Boltin was charged in connection with a carjacking in January 2018.

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