After an almost 11-hour manhunt along the banks of the Broad River in Peak, one suspect was captured and another remains at large.
Deputies were called early Friday to a residence in Peak about a theft of a golf cart. Two suspects were spotted, and as deputies made contact with them, they fled on a four wheeler toward the Broad River.
They abandoned the four wheeler as Deputies closed in and took to the woods. One of the Deputies spotted one of the suspects swimming and walking across a shallow section of the river near the Dr. Pinner Bridge and onto a large island. The suspect evaded capture several times by hiding in thick underbrush and crossing the river. One of the suspects was seen near the VC Summer Nuclear Station.
K 9 units from SLED and the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, as well as a helicopter, were used in the chase. SC Department of Natural Resources Officers worked along with the search teams in the dense underbrush.
Shortly before Friday at 5 pm, a news crew from WACH-57 covering the operation spotted the suspect coming out of the river bed near the Pinner Bridge in Fairfield County.
A citizen called Sheriff Foster after spotting the suspect in the general area. Fairfield County was also called with information on the suspect. Deputies and SLED agents began a foot pursuit in a severe thunderstorm, and the suspect was apprehended near the Alston Trail Head of the Palmetto Trail.
Sheriff Foster said that the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office appreciated the various law enforcement agencies that worked in extreme conditions to capture a criminal that was attempting to deprive a citizen of their hard-earned property.
The apprehended suspect has been tentatively identified as Jesse Duke from of the Irmo/Chapin area. The second suspect is an African-American male previously dressed in dark clothing.