Friday, January 27 2012 11:19 AM EST2012-01-27 16:19:32 GMT
James Sanders, 39, escaped from the Berkeley County Detention Center around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. According to Dan Moon with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office Sanders is charged with criminal domestic violence.More >>
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) – Cars were backed up as far as the eye could see as the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office searched for a man who escaped from the Berkeley County Detention Center last week.
BCSO spokesman Dan Moon said James Sanders was sighted near Farmington Road, the frontage road near I-26 in Summerville. Moon said an area small business owner first spotted Sanders Wednesday afternoon.
"According to the witnesses, he was wearing a gray type of sweatshirt with a hoodie, with a red shirt underneath that and a pair of blue jeans," Moon said.
Moon also said authorities themselves later spotted Sanders. Deputies immediately set a perimeter, began checking each vehicle throughout the area, released K-9 units and a helicopter.
"The parkway has two major entrances. We check every car coming in and out. We're looking in the seats, the back seats and front seats of these automobiles, asking the drivers to open the trunks. We're checking the trunks as well," Moon said.
Berkeley County 911 dispatch conducted reverse 911 calls to inform residents in the area of the search.
"A search can be a little difficult at times because this is a residential area with a lot of fences -- privacy fences and chain-linked fences and it makes it difficult especially with canine searches to get in there and do that. But, it also makes it difficult for the individual that's trying to elude us," said Moon.
Moon said Sanders may be wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt with a red shirt underneath and blue jeans. Sanders has shaved his goatee, but Moon said he still has a mustache.
"Darkness seems to hide people and things, but it doesn't keep us from finding someone," Moon said.
Police do not yet know why Sanders was in the Sangaree neighborhood. Moon said deputies will continue to search for Sanders.
"We are continuing to go on foot with K9s and otherwise, to check every area, every residence, every yard and every business that we have in this area that we think the suspect may be hiding in," Moon said.
Sanders was serving charges of criminal domestic violence. Moon says the department does not believe Sanders is a danger to the public.
If you see James Sanders you are asked to call 911.