2 in custody after search, daycare lockdowns near LC Drive in Laurens Co.


UPDATE: Both subjects are now in custody, according to the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office.

LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Laurens County Sheriff’s Office officials said officers are searching for a man and a woman near LC Drive, 221 South and the surrounding area.

Charles Kelly (Source: LCSO)

Deputies said a stolen vehicle was found, and the couple ran away from the scene.

As a precaution, two area daycares went on lockdown, and a deputy was placed at both, the sheriff’s office said. SLED was contacted and searched via helicopter. Tracking K9s were used as well.

Stepping Stones Learning Academy is one of two child care center put on lockdown Thursday– as deputies searched for two suspects.

Assistant Director Nicole Sellars said, “When I pulled into the parking lot there were officers looking through our buses there were bloodhounds in the parking lot.”

Adding, “For us it was just a matter of making sure our kids got inside quickly and safely and making sure we were keeping the doors locked and watching what everybody was doing.”

Sellars says her goal was to keep the kids calm and safe, “We kept everything positive and happy and made she they didn’t know that there was any danger.”

One deputy told us Kelly was armed and may have pointed his weapon at law enforcement.

They were unable to make contact with the subjects and the investigation is ongoing.

Deputies said the man, identified as Charles Matthew Kelly, was wearing a black hoodie and jeans. He is wanted for receiving stolen goods, resisting arrest with a deadly weapon, breach of peace aggravated, possession of a firearm by a felon, and unlawful possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

Kristin Bridges (LCSO)

The woman has been identified as Kristin Brianna Bridges, of Spartanburg, and she is wanted for receiving stolen goods.

The sheriff’s office has asked for anyone who sees suspicious individuals in the area to call 911. They should not be approached.

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