NEWBERRY COUNTY, S.C. (WIS) - Investigators in Newberry have now identified a suspect in connection with a home invasion that happened on Dennis Dairy Lane on Monday night.
According to Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster, arrest warrants have been issued for 51-year-old Tracy Glenn Parsons. He is also wanted for charges in Laurens County, Whitmire, and by the South Carolina Department of Parole, Probation, and Pardon Services.
Officials say around 7:30 p.m. Monday, a homeowner on Dennis Dairy Lane, south of Newberry, was approached by Parsons, who came out of the woods behind his home.
A brief confrontation took place and Parsons hit the homeowner with a pistol and tied him up with zip ties, deputies said. Parsons then entered the home and confronted a woman, hit her with the pistol as well, and tied her up with zip ties.
Deputies say Parsons then took a small amount of money from the home before stealing the victims' car and leaving the scene.
Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said Parsons was spotted at a convenience store in Silverstreet before an agent with SC DNR spotted the vehicle on SC Hwy 34 just west of Silverstreet and began to follow it. A Newberry County deputy and a Highway Patrol trooper were nearby and attempted to stop the stolen vehicle when the suspect drove into a soybean field and ran into a wooded area, officials say.
Bloodhounds with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and a helicopter are being used to track the suspect.
They lost the trail in a heavily wooded area near the Saluda River, deputies said, but the search remains active.
Parsons is described as a 5′1″ to 5′5″ white male with a slender build, salt-and-pepper hair, and possible facial hair.
Deputies say he was wearing a camouflaged jacket, a dark hat and had a black bandana over his face.
Pictures from a surveillance camera at a convenience store show Parsons right before his chase with law enforcement.
He is armed with a dark-colored semi-automatic pistol and considered to be dangerous, deputies warned.
Residents in the Silverstreet area near Green Acres and Moses G Road are urged to take precautions by locking their car and home doors.
Anyone who sees anything suspicious should call 911 immediately and not confront this suspect as he is considered armed and dangerous. You may also contact Crimestoppers in one of the following ways:
PHONE TIP — Call the toll free number at 1-888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372).
WEB TIP — Go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click “Submit a Tip”.
MOBILE TIP — Download the new P3 Tips app on your Apple or Android Device.
You can provide information anonymously through Midlands Crime Stoppers. Your tip could earn you a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for this crime.