Greenwood deputies looking for inmate who climbed a recreation yard fence and escaped from detention center’s roof | News

GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) – The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) is looking for an inmate escaped from the Greenwood County Detention Center on Friday.

According to the sheriff’s office, at approximately 8:10 p.m. Dwight Dawayne Smith climbed a chain-link fence inside a fully enclosed recreation yard, made it onto the roof, and then scaled down an exterior wall escaping from the detention center. Smith was believed to haven been able to obtain a ride out of the area.

Deputies said staff at the detention center discovered the escape during the nightly formal head count at approximately 9:50 p.m. 

GSCO said they were joined by South Carolina Highway Patrol to search for Smith. During the search, bloodhounds were able to locate half of the inmate’s orange inmate uniform at the corner of Park Avenue and Owens Street. The other half was initially found on the roof along with Smith’s blood.

Deputies described Smith as 5’9″, 180 pounds, and possibly wearing a white t-shirt, white long sleeve thermal undershirt, white thermal underpants, and white socks. It is believed that Smith sustained cuts to his legs from the razor wire.

GSCO said Smith’s last known address was Taggart Street in Greenwood.

The sheriff’s office said smith was incarcerated on May 21 for three counts of Burglary 3rd Degree, one count of Burglary 2nd Degree, four counts of Grand Larceny, two counts of Petit Larceny, one count of Malicious Injury to Personal Property and a Probation Violation. Smith was bond was denied for the said crimes.

If you have any information please contact the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office at 864-942-8600, by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME SC, or by sending tips to the GCSO Facebook page. 

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