Man accused of attempted murder still on loose after escaping custody

by: Trish Williford Updated:

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LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. —

Authorities have spent the past four days trying to track down Deqwon Blackmon.

Blackmon escaped custody Friday from the Lancaster Detention Center.

He was arrested and accused of attempted murder for allegedly shooting three people inside a car after an argument at a Waffle House more than a week ago.

Sheriff Barry Faile told Channel 9 his deputies are out on the streets actively searching for Blackmon.

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Residents of Lancaster County are stunned and on edge that a man accused of attempted murder managed to slip away from a transporting deputy and disappear into the woods.

Channel 9 went to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday to ask how Blackmon was able to escape.

Faile would not talked on camera, but he told Channel 9 Blackmon wiggled out of his handcuffs Friday afternoon and ran away from the deputy who was transporting him through the detention center.

The sheriff confirms that deputy was armed, but said he didn't shoot because Blackmon didn't pose an immediate threat to the officer.

Blackmon took off into the woods behind the detention center.

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Deputies could be seen from Chopper 9 with a K-9 tracking team searching for him Friday.

Deputies said they do not believe Blackmon is hiding in any of the areas where they first searched for him on Friday.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information regarding Blackmon’s whereabouts to call the Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-274-6372 or email or text an anonymous tip to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com.

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