Double stabbing suspect arrested in Darlington Co.

Robert Brandon Cassidy (Source: Darlington County Sheriff's Office)
Robert Brandon Cassidy (Source: Darlington County Sheriff's Office)

Hartsville, SC - HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) - Officials in Darlington County have ended their hunt for a man who they say broke into a home early Thursday morning and stabbed two people.

A manhunt was ongoing in the area of High Point and Tema Road in Hartsville, according to the Darlington County Sheriff's Office. Officials say Robert Brandon Cassidy, 36, of Hartsville, broke into a home in the 1000 block of Geechie Drive around 4 a.m. and stabbed two people inside.

Deputies rode all-terrain vehicles through the woods off High Point Road and used bloodhounds to look for Cassidy. A helicopter from the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office also flew overhead to look for Cassidy. The Darlington County Sheriff set up a command post at Hartsville Middle School during the search.

Deputies apprehended Cassidy shortly before 6 p.m. after a person spotted him wandering along a set of railroad tracks. Cassidy is charged with first degree burglary and two counts of assault and battery with intent to kill.

"Anytime you have a situation like this where you bring in this kind of manpower, you bring in this kind of assets, these types of resources, you want it to be a positive end where no one else gets hurt and the suspect is in jail tonight," said Darlington County Sheriff's Office Capt. Andy Locklair. "That's how it ended this afternoon."

The victims were transported to an area hospital with multiple stab wounds. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

Darlington County Schools officials locked down three area schools because of the manhunt around noon, including Hartsville Middle School, Southside Early Childhood Center and West Hartsville Elementary, according to Darlington K12 spokeswoman Audrey Childers. The lockdowns were lifted at all three schools before their normal dismissal times.

Law enforcement officers have asked that people in the Tema Road, Bay Road and Highpoint Road areas of Darlington County be vigilant and take extra safety precautions.

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