After 58 days, escaped Orangeburg jail inmate was caught with a ski-mask, handgun in Orangeburg Co.

Escaped inmate to appear in court
Published: Jul. 17, 2018 at 12:07 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 17, 2018 at 4:57 PM EDT
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ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell announced that the last inmate sought after an escape from Orangeburg County Detention Center has been caught.

"This series of events started in the city limits of Orangeburg, went through Calhoun County, and ended in Orangeburg County," Ravenell said. "We're pleased to announce to recapture of Curtis Green."

He was previously in jail on a murder charge. Along with two others, Green, 20, escaped the Orangeburg County Detention Center on May 19 when a guard was overpowered and assaulted. Tyshon Johnson, and Christopher Boltin, both 27, were recaptured in less than six days after the incident.

Ravenell said that around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, Green stole a vehicle from Orangeburg. Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Lt. Col. Ed Conner said Green faces multiple charges from that jurisdiction, including the theft of the vehicle.

Calhoun County Sheriff Thomas Summers said that when that vehicle stolen from Orangeburg broke down around the 136-mile marker off I-26 in Calhoun County, deputies there were called to investigate an abandoned vehicle.

While there, another call came out that a vehicle had been taken from a person at a business a short distance away. As the call came out of that carjacking, the vehicle drove past the Calhoun County Sheriff's deputy. Officers from Calhoun County, Orangeburg County, and the South Carolina Highway Patrol then started a pursuit that traveled down I-26 to exit 145 where Green turned off.

After leading officers through several side roads, Green turned into Roosevelt Gardens apartment complex where he was apprehended after a low-speed collision with an Orangeburg County Sheriff's deputy. One OCSO deputy was injured during the pursuit.

When he was detained, he had a .380 pistol and a ski mask on him.

In addition to his original charge of murder, Green now faces from the OCSO a charge of escape, first-degree assault, and battery. And on Tuesday was further charged with failure to stop for a blue light and unlawful carrying of a weapon.

Calhoun County is charging Green with carjacking, pointing and presenting a firearm, failure to stop for a blue light, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Ravenell said special thanks goes to the US Marshal Service for their tireless efforts over the past nearly two months in apprehending Green back to face charges.

When asked, Sheriff Ravenell said he was not sure if the issues at the jail which led to the escape were fixed, but he hoped they were.

WIS will continue to update this story.

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