COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) – A 16-year-old from Horry County who escaped from the Department of Juvenile Justice has been apprehended.
Around noon Thursday, the department tweeted Nicholas Rios was back in custody after being spotted on the north side of Columbia. Authorities said a tip from the public led to his apprehension.
Rios left the Broad River Road Complex in Columbia Wednesday night. A spokesperson confirmed to WMBF News that it is the same teenager connected to the July 19 attack of a Surfside Beach woman.
Rios pleaded guilty in December to attempted murder, first-degree criminal sexual assault, kidnapping and burglary. Prosecutors said he left the victim with “extensive injuries.”
A judge sentenced Rios to 35 years in prison.
The Department of Juvenile Justice is investigating how Rios managed to escape.