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Deputies: Man who escaped at Anderson hospital re-arrested

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Billy Joe Harris Jr. (Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office) Billy Joe Harris Jr. (Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The man who escaped custody at an Anderson local hospital Monday turned himself in to authorities Tuesday afternoon, according to Anderson County deputies.

Deputies said they had arrested 49-year-old Billy Joe Harris Jr. on Monday on charges of stalking, public disorderly conduct and unlawful communication.

They said Harris was taken to AnMed Health after his arrest for medical treatment. They said that Harris, who was handcuffed, ran out of the hospital after being treated about 6 p.m.

At 2 p.m. Tuesday, Harris turned himself in to deputies at the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, deputies said. They said Harris was not wearing the handcuffs when he turned himself in, and they are not sure how he got out of them.

FOX Carolina spoke with Harris' father Tuesday, who said his son was receiving medical treatment Monday because he was beaten by the officers. Billy Harris Sr. said his son was scared to death.

Deputies said they were aware of the accusations. They said Harris' family played a key role in his re-arrest.

"His family was very instrumental in helping to locate him and encouraged him to turn himself in," said Chad McBride, with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office. "So, we're very glad he made that decision to turn himself in peacefully."

Harris Jr. is scheduled to see a judge Wednesday morning.

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