Union Co. inmate captured after escaping work detail

UNION COUNTY, SC (WSPA) - Officials say an inmate who escaped custody is behind bars again. 

Joshua Stephens escaped around 4 p.m. Wednesday. 

Jonesville Police Chief Carl Jennings Jr. said Stephens was on an inmate work site near the police department when he took off.

Police canvassed the area Wednesday and checked the addresses of his known acquaintances, but have not yet found him.

On Thursday morning, Chief Jennings was notified that Stephens had been arrested in Spartanburg County. 

Jennings said Stephens was arrested Wednesday night at a motel. 

Officials will transport him back to Union County.

Stephens was serving a 60-day sentence, but now faces up to 15 years for escaping. He was being held in the detention center on two counts of driving without a license and marijuana possession.

Kimberly Dawn Neal, 29, of Buffalo, SC, was inside the motel room with Stephens at the time of his arrest.

Neal was arrested on non-related charges stemming from a May 27 incident where narcotic officers with the Union County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at a motel in Union Co.

During the search, officers found a quantity of methamphetamine, as well as an EBT card that did not belong to Neal.

According to a Union County Sheriff's Office news release, Neal was not present during the search, so warrants had to be signed against her by narcotic officers.

Officials said Union County Detention Center Director Niel McKeown will sign a warrant on Neal for unlawful escape and harboring or employing escape convicts.

If convicted, Neal could face up to 10 years.

According to the release, the investigation remains ongoing at this time.





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