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Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2017

Christopher Carroll

BAMBERG COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Christopher Carroll has signed the extradition papers to return to Lamar County, GA according to investigators.

Aiken County Sheriff's Office was waiting for Lamar County, GA to pick Carroll up Tuesday morning. As of Tuesday afternoon, he was no longer booked into Aiken County jail.



Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017

BAMBERG COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - An escaped inmate from Lamar County, Ga has been captured, according to the Bamberg County Sheriff's Office.

Christopher Nicholas Carroll was serving jail time for three counts of obstruction of an officer and theft by receiving stolen property.

North Augusta Public Safety officers captured Saturday afternoon near the TTX Railyard near the River Club Golf Course.

We are working to find out more details about the arrest. Stay with News 12 for details.

Authorities say Carroll stole a Lamar County truck when he escaped, which has been found in Allendale County. Allendale County Sheriff's Office later confirmed confirms they found a vehicle they believe he used to get away from Lamar County.

Carroll is now booked into the Aiken County Detention Center.


Friday, Dec. 29, 2017

BAMBERG COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Investigators believe that Christopher Carroll is on the move again.

A burgundy 2003 Chevrolet truck was stolen from a home in the Govan area of Bamberg County, it was discovered missing just after 11 p.m. Thursday. Investigators tell News 12 that while they can't confirm if it was actually stolen by Carroll, they do believe Carroll is responsible and is the one behind the wheel.

The truck has a distinctive white hood. There is no tag number available at this time. The Sheriff's Office confirms there have been no sightings of it in the area.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned for updates.



Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

4:30 p.m.

ALLENDALE COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- An escaped inmate from Lamar County, GA is still on the run and investigators are still on the hunt trying to find him.

Lt. Steven Robinson working in coordination with Bamberg County Sheriff's Office confirms Christopher Carroll has ditched his orange jumpsuit. They found it inside an abandoned building they were searching.


Lt. Robinson says Carroll has escaped from jail three times now.


Investigators are now playing the waiting game for a possible sighting of Carroll.



12:47 p.m.

ALLENDALE COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Allendale County Sheriff's Office has just finished a meeting regarding the status of the search. The search will continue but not in the swamps off US 301 where the search suspended Wednesday night.


Lt. Steven Robinson with the Allendale County Sheriff's Office says they have two or three locations they're looking into as potential leads to follow up on, places that they believe Carroll could be in the area. Deputies are not disclosing those locations at this time.


Allendale County Sheriff's Office is coordinating with Bamberg County Sheriff's Office, both departments are on standby in case there is a possible sighting.



10:00 a.m.

BAMBERG COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- An escaped inmate is still at large and investigators are looking to continue the search.

Around 10 a.m. Thursday, Lt. Steven Robinson of the Allendale County Sheriff's Office said he was waiting for word from the Chief Deputy about if they were going to continue assisting in the search.

News 12 also reached out to SLED to see if the search would continue and were told that they would not be sending anyone back out unless requested.


Officers say dog teams lost Christopher Carroll's trail Wednesday morning after he fled the stolen county vehicle he was driving on foot near Highway 301 in Olar about 3 miles from the county line. Investigators say he drove past a deputy in Olar, stopped when he saw it was police, and got out the vehicle and fled.

Investigators believed K-9 units regained the scent of Carroll late Wednesday afternoon and continued to search the woods and swamp lands in the area. However, as night fell and the temperatures got colder investigators called off the search for Carroll.

It was believed Carroll was trying to get to his Olar home.




Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017
(News 12 at 6 O'clock/NBC News at 7)

6:00 pm

BAMBERG COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) – Choppers continue to circle overhead closing in on Carroll’s location. Carroll has a criminal history in Allendale, Bamberg, and Lamar.

Officers said they are certain he’s running and hiding within the 3-mile perimeter on U.S. 301 just outside of Ulmer, S.C.

Lt. Steven Robinson of the Allendale County Sheriff’s Office said they are not taking any chances. “We are taking every precaution, but we have no indication that he is armed.” Authorities think Carroll might be trying to conceal and camouflage himself in the woods.

Authorities said that the dogs have picked up a stronger scent and have started pursuing more heavily. As the temperatures begin to drop, Officers who have been searching since 8 a.m. begin to hunker down and wait.



3:15 p.m.

ALLENDALE COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Investigators are armed in case they come into confrontation with escaped inmate Christopher Carroll.


Hampton County Sheriff's Office deputies say their bloodhound team has been tracking Carroll since 8 a.m. Bamberg County Sheriff Ed Darnell said he spoke with SLED who says choppers are out circling the woods where Carroll is believed to be.




2:50 p.m.

ALLENDALE COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Sheriff's deputies have set up a perimeter on U.S. 301 just outside of Ulmer, S.C. News 12's Matt Kaufax says the suspect reportedly fled into a swamp area after being sighted in the woods.


Investigators tell News 12 that SLED bloodhounds followed Christopher Carroll into the swamps near US 301 after a deputy saw him flee. SC Highway Patrol is also hiking into the woods to cover a nearby railroad track. Bamberg, Allendale, Hampton, and DNR are all also on scene helping with the investigation.

Investigators do not believe Carroll is armed at this time.




2:00 p.m.

ALLENDALE COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Allendale County Sheriff's Office and SLED investigators are following a tip that the suspect is actually in Bamberg County.


Officers say dog teams lost his trail this morning after he fled the stolen vehicle on foot near Highway 301 in Olar near Orangeburg about 3 miles from the county line. Investigators say he drove past a deputy in Olar, stopped when he saw it was police, and got out the vehicle and fled. They have since regained the scent.


News 12's Matt Kaufax was talking to an investigator on the scene when they received the tip. We will be following the scene to Bamberg County and will provide updates as soon as we get them.




11:38 a.m.

LAMAR COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Investigators are searching for an escaped inmate from a metro Atlanta jail, who is believed to be headed toward his Olar, South Carolina home.

The inmate, Christopher Nicholas Carroll, is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 165 pounds. Caroll was currently serving jail time for three counts of obstruction of an officer and theft by receiving stolen property. He was last seen wearing an orange jumpsuit.

Local media outlets in Atlanta report that authorities say Carroll stole a county truck when he escaped, which has been found in Allendale County. Allendale County Sheriff's Office confirms the vehicle they found was believed to be used to get away from Lamar County.

Allendale County Sheriff's Office confirms that they attemping to locate Carroll at this time with a SLED dog team.

If you see Carroll, do not approach him and call 911 immediately.

This is a developing story, we have a crew on the way. Stay tuned to News 12 NBC 26 for updates on this story.







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