Sheriff: public could be important in search for dangerous man

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) As the search continues for a man who could be dangerous, Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson has shared some details of the search effort.

Thompson's office is looking for Kashief Spain. Last month a judged ordered Spain to wear an electronic monitoring device while he was out on bond. Thompson says Spain somehow got that device off Monday morning.

Spain was charged with drug crimes and driving violations, and also with having the gun stolen from former North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Director, William Bailey.

The judge's bond for Spain was a relatively high $45,000, and the electronic device, monitored through J. Reuben Long Detention Center and the sheriff's office was supposed to be an extra assurance that Spain would show up for court.

Now that Thompson says Spain is on the run, he believes the public could be a big help.

"There's a concern for citizens, the folks in the community and everyone out there to know," Thompson said.

So he wants people to know Spain is wanted, and he wants them to be on the lookout for him.

"He was out on a $45,000 bond with electric monitoring," Thompson said. "So there's a purpose for that.

"This person has gone against a court order. Certainly I would consider him dangerous. I wouldn't approach him myself. Just give us a call," he adds.

Thompson hopes a tip will help his office find Spain, but he is not just waiting for that to happen. Spain is now entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), a database that will alert any law enforcement agency across the country that Spain is wanted.

Deputies are also covering the basics, checking his last known address.

"We had officers go over to the home where he was residing, and they checked, but he was not there," explained Maj. Joey Johnson with J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Johnson said they are also tracking his family in the area. Deputies have checked with family members to see if they know where Spain is.

"We are working it," Thompson said. "We're taking it very seriously. We're going to do everything in the world we can to apprehend him and get him back into custody."

The U.S. Marshals Service is also involved through a task force with the Horry County Sheriff's Office. Johnson said Marshals could be especially helpful in the search for Spain if he leaves Horry County.

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