Suspect Nathan Dwayne Lively accused of assaulting Michael Hunt caught in the woods (WRDW-TV)
News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2012
CLEARWATER, SC (WRDW) -- A suspect is in custody following a search involving Aiken County deputies, a plane, and bloodhounds.
They were searching the Belvedere-Clearwater area for a man they say assaulted Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt.
Sheriff Hunt was patrolling the area for a burglary suspect who was described as a skinny, white male with a goatee.
"Today at 1 o'clock, I spotted a suspect in the Lakewood area walking up Belvedere-Clearwater road that matched that description," says Sheriff Hunt. "I made contact with the suspect and started patting him down to make sure he didn't have any weapons, at which time, he tried to flee and a struggle ensued."
Sheriff Hunt is okay. He describes the assault as just a minor tussle. He says both of them fell to the ground, but Lively got up running.
"I did not chase him, because the traffic was so thick. I didn't want to get run over, and he almost did," says Hunt.
Deputies used bloodhounds to search the area by ground, and a plane to search by sky.
Employees at a nearby Lakeside Baptist Church were on lock-down as deputies searched the area. Deputies say Lively was found deep in the woods behind the church.
"When you have an increase in property crime in any area, then we just do what we have to do, and what we do is we come out and help Uniform Patrol, and we work like everybody else," the sheriff says.
Lively has been charged with Assault & Battery - Third Degree. The Sheriff's Office may also charge him for nearby burglaries if evidence suggests he is a suspect.
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