Wanted fugitive from Friday manhunt detained in Lexington Co., SLED says

Wanted fugitive taken into custody

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The man who prompted a large law enforcement manhunt Friday evening in Lexington County has been detained, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.

A SLED spokesperson says Marshall Spence Meeks, 20, was captured Sunday night by both SLED agents and the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at a home on Crystal Springs Drive.

SLED, the sheriff’s department, and U.S. Marshals officers all joined in searching for Meeks in the area of Fish Hatchery Road and Dogwood Drive on Nov. 30.

Meeks has been returned to Orangeburg County where he faces charges including Armed Robbery, two counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, possession of a firearm during a violent crime, and larceny.

Marshal Spence Meeks, 20, (Source: OCSO)
Marshal Spence Meeks, 20, (Source: OCSO)

Meeks had been wanted by Orangeburg County Sheriff’s investigators because of his involvement in a two Orangeburg County burglaries.

On November 24th, an Orangeburg County woman told investigators that around 7 a.m. she went into her kitchen where she spotted Meeks inside the home with a handgun.

While pointing a weapon at the woman and her teenage daughter, the gunman then demanded her purse. Meek took credit cards, some jewelry and prescription drugs from the residence.

The same woman later contacted investigators and said someone had broken into the woman’s former residence where a big screen TV was discovered missing.

During Monday’s hearing, the home owner told the court that a weapon was pointed at her daughter during the incident.

“That is beyond devastating,” she said.

Ravenell stated he believed motive behind the burglaries was theft.

The sheriff thanked the US Marshals, SLED, and Lexington County for their help in bringing this individual to face justice.

“You can see the urgency behind the large manhunt being that this suspect pointed a weapon at two innocent victims who hadn’t harmed him in any way,” he said. “But he threatens her with a firearm for what? A little change from her purse and a debit card.”

During a court hearing on Monday, bond was deferred to a circuit court judge for a later date.

Inv. Steven Thompson is leading the ongoing investigation.

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