Suspect arrested in manhunt spanning from Hardeeville to Hilton - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Suspect arrested in manhunt spanning from Hardeeville to Hilton Head Island

Thomas Bryan (Source: Beaufort County Sheriff's Office) Thomas Bryan (Source: Beaufort County Sheriff's Office)
(Source: WTOC Viewer, Jill Kight) (Source: WTOC Viewer, Jill Kight)
(Source: WTOC) (Source: WTOC)
(Source: WTOC) (Source: WTOC)
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

A man has been arrested as a person of interest after a daylong manhunt spanning from Hardeeville to Hilton Head Island on Monday. 

Beaufort County Sheriff's deputies and Hardeeville Police tracked a man they say stole two different vehicles, leading officers on a chase twice before getting caught. 

Thirty-year-old Thomas Akeem Bryan was arrested Monday night at his home in the Oakview neighborhood off Spanish Wells Road, on Hilton Head Island. Police say he has outstanding felony warrants in Jasper County. 

Officials say it all started with a stolen minivan. Police attempted to pull the van over on Highway 278 around 11:30, Monday morning, but the driver kept going and officers followed. The minivan struck another car during the pursuit. The driver of that vehicle is expected to recover. After that, the driver of the minivan ran off the road in Sun City - then got out and ran on foot into a wooded area. It was later discovered that the minivan had been reported stolen out of Palmetto Dunes on Sunday. It's being processed for forensic evidence. 

Deputies say a male passenger remained behind in the minivan as the suspect got away. 

"We have one subject, the passenger, being questioned. The lady who was hit in the red car is not critical or anything, just shaken up. We had EMS come check her out," said Chief Sam Woodward, Hardeeville PD. 

Later in the afternoon, a truck was reported stolen from a home on Covern Drive in Sun City. Police attempted to pull the driver over on Highway 170, but the driver sped up and police quickly called off the chase so as to not put any other travelers in danger. Calls to dispatch eventually led deputies to Oak View Road on Hilton Head Island. That's where they found the truck, with no one inside. Joseph Miller, Sr. lives right across from the neighborhood where Thomas Bryan was caught and described to us what he saw. 

"I heard it on the news this morning that something happened in Hardeeville. Now, it wound up in the front of my house. I saw about 20 police cars, and I was afraid to come home, so I turned it back to find out what happened," Miller said. 

After talking with sheriff's deputies, we know that at least one of the outstanding felony warrants for Bryan stems from drug charges. Police say more charges are expected. 

Stay with WTOC for updates. 

Copyright 2017 WTOC. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Man allegedly killed family, burned bodies in TX

    Man allegedly killed family, burned bodies in TX

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 7:03 AM EDT2018-06-19 11:03:50 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 8:25 AM EDT2018-06-19 12:25:59 GMT

    Robert Satterfield is facing murder charges in the deaths of a man, woman and their young child.

    More >>

    Robert Satterfield is facing murder charges in the deaths of a man, woman and their young child.

    More >>
  • Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy

    Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 6:00 AM EDT2018-06-19 10:00:39 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 8:43 AM EDT2018-06-19 12:43:57 GMT
    (Susan Lawrence via AP). In this undated photo, provided by family member Susan Lawrence on Wednesday, twin brothers Julius Pieper, left, and Ludwig Pieper in their U.S. Navy uniforms.(Susan Lawrence via AP). In this undated photo, provided by family member Susan Lawrence on Wednesday, twin brothers Julius Pieper, left, and Ludwig Pieper in their U.S. Navy uniforms.
    (Susan Lawrence via AP). In this undated photo, provided by family member Susan Lawrence on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, twin brothers Julius Pieper, left, and Ludwig Pieper in their U.S. Navy uniforms. For decades, he had a number for a name, Unknown X-9...(Susan Lawrence via AP). In this undated photo, provided by family member Susan Lawrence on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, twin brothers Julius Pieper, left, and Ludwig Pieper in their U.S. Navy uniforms. For decades, he had a number for a name, Unknown X-9...

    For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred.

    More >>

    For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred.

    More >>
  • Toddler climbs pool ladder; parents share video to show danger

    Toddler climbs pool ladder; parents share video to show danger

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 7:27 AM EDT2018-06-19 11:27:24 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 7:53 AM EDT2018-06-19 11:53:33 GMT

    The family returned the pool ladder, but all the other designs were similar. 

    More >>

    The family returned the pool ladder, but all the other designs were similar. 

    More >>
  • South Carolina news on WIStv.comNEWSMore>>

  • Trump, GOP to huddle as outrage builds over border policy

    Trump, GOP to huddle as outrage builds over border policy

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 1:10 AM EDT2018-06-19 05:10:31 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 10:23 AM EDT2018-06-19 14:23:31 GMT
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). The Capitol is seen in Washington, Friday, June 15, 2018. Calls are mounting on Capitol Hill for the Trump administration to end the separation of families at the southern border ahead of a visit from President Donald Tr...(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). The Capitol is seen in Washington, Friday, June 15, 2018. Calls are mounting on Capitol Hill for the Trump administration to end the separation of families at the southern border ahead of a visit from President Donald Tr...

    Calls are mounting for President Trump to end family separations at the border ahead of a meeting with House Republicans.

    More >>

    Calls are mounting for President Trump to end family separations at the border ahead of a meeting with House Republicans.

    More >>
  • In tit-for-tat, Trump threatens more tariffs against China

    In tit-for-tat, Trump threatens more tariffs against China

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 12:20 AM EDT2018-06-19 04:20:31 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 10:23 AM EDT2018-06-19 14:23:27 GMT
    President Donald Trump gestures as he signs a "Space Policy Directive" during a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence watches.  AP Photo/Susan Walsh)President Donald Trump gestures as he signs a "Space Policy Directive" during a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence watches. AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    A new 10 percent tariff on $200 billion in Chinese imports is being threatened by Trump in the latest move toward what could become a trade war.

    More >>

    A new 10 percent tariff on $200 billion in Chinese imports is being threatened by Trump in the latest move toward what could become a trade war.

    More >>
  • 'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

    'Papa! Papa!' Audio of children stokes rage over separation

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 1:20 AM EDT2018-06-19 05:20:32 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 10:23 AM EDT2018-06-19 14:23:10 GMT
    (U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP). In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the...(U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP). In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the...
    An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking cries of small Spanish-speaking children being processed by U.S. officials stoked the uproar over the policy of separating immigrant children from their...More >>
    An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking cries of small Spanish-speaking children being processed by U.S. officials stoked the uproar over the policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.More >>
Powered by Frankly