News 12 at 6 o'clock / Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012
ALLENDALE, S.C. -- Lt. Steven Robinson and the Allendale County Sheriff’s Office are preparing for justice. On Thursday morning, the deputy solicitor for South Carolina’s 14th Judicial Circuit met with law enforcement officers and victims from an incident last August.
On Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, a Stephens County, Ga., deputy was transporting 37-year-old Perry Sullivan of Bowersville, Ga. Sullivan was a prisoner for burglary at the time and was being taken from Colleton County, S.C., back to Stephens County. They pulled over in Allendale when Sullivan claimed he was feeling ill. That's when he slipped out of his handcuffs, beat the deputy and took his 40-caliber Glock handgun and patrol car. What followed was an intensive three-day manhunt through multiple counties by hundreds of law enforcement officers and agents.
About 150 people worked the manhunt. There were three tracking teams.
Officers from Aiken County, Allendale County, SLED, Jasper County, Hampton County, Fairfax PD, Allendale PD, Estill PD, DNR, Highway Patrol and Colleton County were working to find Sullivan.
"He did a lot of havoc in Allendale County,” said Lt. Robinson with Allendale County.
Only News 12's camera was there when Sullivan was finally caught and booked into the Hampton County Jail.
It was off-duty Williston Police Officer Joey Patsourakos who caught him almost by accident. Patsourakos was camping with his family at the nearby Broxton Bridge Plantation. That morning he heard over his police scanner that Sullivan had carjacked a blue Ford Explorer at a convenience store in Sycamore, S.C.
Patsourakos was only about 12 miles away.
"I went and got my M4. Went down SC-641 and set up and just basically blocked the road and waited for him to come to me if he was going to come or if he wasn’t. I didn't know. But everything worked out the way it did, and he did come that direction, and I was able to get him off the street,” he said.
Patsourakos was in Allendale County Thursday morning, and he’ll be there again Monday when Sullivan pleads guilty or goes to trial.
However, Robinson says Sullivan will plead guilty, and he's facing multiple charges.
After he was caught last year, News 12 got a list of the 29 charges, which includes escape, assault and battery, armed robbery, grand larceny, carjacking, burglary, pointing and presenting a firearm, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, taking a firearm from a law enforcement officer and kidnapping.
Sullivan was denied bond and is still considered a flight risk. He was transferred from Hampton County to Charleston County, and now, he’s jailed at the Aiken County Detention Center.
On Monday, Sullivan will be transported from Aiken to Allendale for the hearing.
"There was no plea deal made,” Patsourakos said. “He's either going to plea to it, or he's going to go to trial.”
Patsourakos said he’s spoken to a family member of Sullivan, and she indicated that Perry wants to put his past behind him.