One of the three inmates who authorities said escaped from the Orangeburg County jail over the weekend was captured Sunday evening and returned to custody, according to the sheriff's office.
Christopher Boltin, 27, who was originally charged with carjacking and possession of a stolen vehicle, was found in Lexington County after authorities there acted on a tip that the man may have contacts in the area. He was apprehended without incident in the northern part of the county, Orangeburg deputies said.
"Christopher Boltin was taken into custody in Lexington County by sheriff's deputies in that jurisdiction," Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said in a statement. "He will be returned to Orangeburg and put back in jail to await his court hearing. We will now focus on the remaining two at large."
Boltin, of Edisto Avenue in Orangeburg, and two other men have been the subjects of an extensive manhunt since Saturday night after the three escaped from the Orangeburg County Detention Center when the men allegedly overpowered a correctional officer.
The two others, Demontrea Johnson, 27, of 2nd Street in Bowman, and Curtis Ray Green, 20, of Fletcher Street in Orangeburg, were both originally being held on charges of murder stemming from two separate incidents. Authorities said they are considered dangerous.
Around 10 p.m. Saturday, authorities learned of a possible escape involving several inmates, the sheriff said.
It wasn't initially known if anyone escaped, Ravenell said. But deputies quickly started a manhunt.
It was not immediately clear exactly how the men broke free. The escape remains under investigation, sheriff's spokesman Richard Walker said Sunday afternoon.
The Orangeburg County Detention Center sits on Ellis Avenue, just north of the heart of Orangeburg and S.C. State University. The escape of a man from the same jail in June was blamed on a door lock malfunction, The Times and Democrat reported. Eight hours later, authorities captured the man who had been serving time for a probation violation.
The men in Saturday's escape were facing lengthy prison terms if convicted.
Johnson is accused of being one of three men who had a hand in a September robbery at a Santee house. Gunfire rang out during the heist, hitting three people. Lamont Shuler, 24, died while the two others survived. A witness identified Johnson as one of the gunmen involved, court records stated.
Green had been arrested on a murder charge more than a year after deputies said he fatally shot 35-year-old Trajan Jenkins in March 2015. Jenkins had found Green trying to steal his car outside his Orangeburg-area home and "paid with his life," the Sheriff's Office said at the time.
Anyone with information on the men's whereabouts can call the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office at 803-534-3550 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.