Armed robbery suspect at center of Goose Creek manhunt arrested, deputies say

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GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCSC) - The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office says the man wanted on multiple warrants who fled a traffic stop in Goose Creek Wednesday afternoon is in custody.

Clayton John Flagler, 27, was arrested approximately four hours after the traffic stop and search for him began, according to a social media post from the sheriff’s office. Deputies said Flagler, a wanted felon was considered armed and dangerous.

According to BCSO officials, Flagler has three outstanding warrants for pointing and presenting a firearm, burglary first-degree and armed robbery.

“Those charges stem from a home invasion that occurred in Berkeley County back in June,” BCSO officials said.

Goose Creek Police Chief L.J. Roscoe said Wednesday’s situation began when someone reported something suspicious about a vehicle in a Walmart parking lot.

An officer ran the plates on the car and the plates were found to be suspended, which provided probable cause for a traffic stop, she said.

During that traffic stop, at approximately 1:20 p.m., Flagler ran away on foot, Roscoe said. Word of his arrest came shortly before 5:30 p.m.

The car was not registered to Flagler, Roscoe said. Authorities believe the person who owns the car, a woman, had given Flagler permission to drive it. Officers recovered two guns from that vehicle, Roscoe said.

According to BCSO officials, Flagler has an extensive criminal history and has been booked into the Hill-Finklea Detention Center 17 times since 2009.

“Those charges include Disorderly Conduct (multiple), Trafficking Crack, Evading Arrest (multiple), Driving Under Suspension (multiple), Possession with the Intent to Distribute Marijuana Near a School, Possession with the Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession of Prescription Drugs, Open Container, Failure to Stop for Blue Lights, Habitual Traffic Offender, Domestic Violence Second Degree, Leaving the Scene of a Traffic Accident, Speeding, and multiple firearms charges,” BCSO officials said.

Earlier Wednesday afternoon, deputies and police searched the area of Old Mount Holly Road and searched the trunks of vehicles as employees left the Century Aluminum Plant.

Crews pulled other items, including laundry baskets, towels, a baby gate, a busted tire and clothes out of the car during the search, Roscoe said.

Late Wednesday afternoon, the car was towed from the scene.

Flagler will be held at the Berkeley County Detention Center pending additional charges to be filed by the Goose Creek Police Department, Lt. Thomas Hill said.

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Clayton John Flagler
Clayton John Flagler (Source: Berkeley County Sheriff's Office)

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