Suspect in Newberry Co. manhunt in custody - - Columbia, South Carolina

Suspect in Newberry Co. manhunt in custody

Manuel Eugene Cunningham (Source: Newberry Co. Sheriff's Dept.) Manuel Eugene Cunningham (Source: Newberry Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

NEWBERRY, SC (WIS) - Newberry County sheriff's deputies say a man who attempted to commit a home invasion early Thursday is now in custody.

Officers from the Newberry County Sheriff's Office, SLED, Laurens County Sheriff's Office, Newberry Police Department and Clinton Police Department launched a large manhunt for 19-year-old Manuel Eugene Cunningham, of Cross Hill, after he fled from an investigator of the Newberry County Sheriff's Office shortly after 9:30am.

The officers say they were able to contain the suspect in a wooded area due to the heavy law enforcement presence on the ground and a SLED helicopter in the air. 

SLED bloodhounds and officers from the Newberry County Sheriff's Office tracked the suspect and they say the trail led officers to an abandoned house where the suspect was hiding under bales of hay.

The suspect jumped up and attempted to run from the officers; however, they were able to capture him after a short distance. He was taken into custody without incident. 

Authorities say early Thursday morning, Cunningham attempted to force his way into a residence located on Milner Road.

Cunningham was also wanted for two armed robberies and two counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime in Clinton.

Deputies considered him to be armed and dangerous.

At one point, residents in the area of Highway 56 and Highway 39 were being asked to secure their homes and notify law enforcement immediately should they see or hear anything suspicious in the area.

Cunningham was taken to the Newberry County Detention Center, where authorities say charges will be filed against him for the incident in Newberry County and a detainer will be filed for the robberies in Clinton.

No weapon was located during the search or arrest of the suspect, and no injuries were reported.

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