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Crimestoppers Street Sweep nets 11 fugitives

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The tips continue to trickle in to our Crimestoppers Street Sweep hotline, and we can tell you that at least eleven arrests have been made thanks to your help.

Those suspects stretch across two Midlands counties. 

  • Brandon Wilson
  • Ryan Jones
  • Nevele Allen
  • Sandra McCutchon
  • Joseph Dwayne Howell
  • Malcolm Abney
  • Timothy Cockrell
  • Christopher Geiger
  • Laminda Todd

Lexington County authorities located two fugitives overnight, but have not released their identities.

State and federal agents continue to chase leads across the Midlands, and we got a chance to ride along with Richland and Lexington County deputies.

Our first tip of the night came over the phone. Richland County's Fugitive Task Force enveloped an apartment complex off Two Notch Road. But the stop doesn't pan out and deputies leave empty handed.

Another tip takes us to a nearby house. The suspect isn't there, but deputies do make progress.

"In the process of looking for that wanted individual, we saw three young men on the porch," said Deputy Kevin Lawrence. "When we got close, we could tell they had narcotics on their person."

What would've been a ticket for marijuana possession turns into an arrest.

"We come to find out that the young man had warrants for child support, so we cleared that warrant and took some drugs off the street," said Lawrence. "It was a pretty good pop. Now we're on the way to the next Crimestoppers tip."

Off Fairfield Road, the tip does pay off. Deputies say they've been after Ryan Jones for a few months.

"As you can see on the Crimestoppers tip it says he's had violent tendencies that's why we had so many deputies and SLED agents here to apprehend this individual who may have been violent, but as you can see it resulted in a peaceful ending," said Lawrence. "He's going to jail and nobody got hurt. We appreciate any help we can get and it's always good to get any offender, no matter the violation, off the streets."

In Lexington County, a small unit of six members make up Lexington County's Fugitive Task Force.

"This pretty much happens everyday," said Sgt. Barry Sowards. "Somebody decides that they don't want to come out. And ultimately we end up breaching the door either kicking it or breaching tools to effect an arrest."

The group pushes leads and dig up intelligence to catch those suspects running from the law.

"We try to arrest the most violent ones first," said Sowards.

Deputies target Michael Wardlaw, who was wanted for not paying child support. He's caught at home.

Another fugitive, Timothy Cockrell, was wanted for unlawful use of a vehicle. Deputies say he took his relatives truck and never brought it back.

Rounding up the fugitives is time-intensive and they don't always get their suspect the first time. Case and point: Joseph Johnson.

Johnson is wanted for back child support. He wasn't home, but investigators are still pursuing leads.

"It's not like you go out and grab 20 guys a night," said Sowards. "It's kind of the luck of the draw and good investigative techniques. Put those two things together and you might get lucky and get two or three people a night."

If you know any information about the rest of the fugitives who remain on the run, please call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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