UPDATE: Escaped Inmate in Mauldin Captured

Christopher Smith, who escaped from a work-release program at Mauldin's Public Works Department on Wednesday, was captured Monday evening.

Update — 7:20 p.m. Inmate Christopher Smith, who escaped earlier today from a work release program in Mauldin, has ben captured and is in custody, reported Mauldin Police Det. Benjamin Ford.

Smith, a state Department of Corrections prisoner, is serving a two-year sentence for failure to stop for officers.

More details as they become available.

Update — 6:25 p.m.: If anyone should come into contact wth escaped inmate Christopher Smith, authorities warn that they should immediately contact police and not attempt to confront him.

"We do consider him to be potentially dangerous due to a violent criminal history," Mauldin Police Det. Benjamin Ford told Patch. "The public should call police if they see him or know where he is at and DO NOT approach him."

Original story: Mauldin Police are looking for state Department of Corrections inmate who escaped custody Wednesday while on a work-release program with the city's Public Works Department.

Inmate Christopher Smith, 38, escaped from the Department of Public Works and Sanitation located at 126 McDougall Court between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. today.  

He left on foot wearing a beige South Carolina Department of Corrections uniform and may have changed clothes, according to Mauldin Police Det. Benjamin Ford.  

Smith (pictured above) is a white male with blue eyes and brown hair, though his head is currently shaved. Smith also is described as 5 feet 6 inches and weighing 146 pounds.

Anyone with information of Smith's whereabouts are urged to call Mauldin Police immediately at (864) 289-8956 or (864) 289-8900.

rb September 12, 2012 at 11:55 PM
You have to wonder why an inmate who police stated has a violent criminal history, is permitted to work in the community.


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