Deputies place escaped prisoner back in custody

Joshua Hicks was taken back into custody around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday. (Source:
Joshua Hicks was taken back into custody around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday. (Source:

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - An escaped prisoner is back in custody after a late-night search by sheriff's deputies and a dog team in the Pee Dee.

The Darlington County Sheriff's Office posted on their Facebook page around 8:37 p.m. Wednesday that a bloodhound unit was called to East McIver Road to search for an escaped prisoner.

That prisoner was 23-year-old Joshua Williams Hicks of Florence, and was reportedly still in handcuffs.

Darlington County Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Andy Locklair says Hicks is a painter that police believe was able to gain access to newly-constructed homes because of his job.

He is suspected of breaking into several new homes in Chesterfield and Darlington County and stealing the new appliances.

At the time of his escape, Hicks was handcuffed in an investigator's vehicle, assisting them locate some of the stolen items. Capt. Locklair says he was able to get out of the car, run a short distance, and hide in a small building.

The investigators from Darlington and Chesterfield counties on scene called for backup and located him within an hour.

Capt. Locklair says Hicks is detained in the Chesterfield County Jail where he is charged with burglary. Possible charges out of Darlington County could come in the near future.

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