PICKENS COUNTY, SC (FOX Carolina) - Pickens County deputies say an inmate who slipped out a perimeter door as the laundry was being brought in Sunday afternoon is back in custody.
PCSO says 45-year-old Steven Leroy Aiken was serving a 128-day sentence in the county prison on Prison Camp Road, when he fled the prison over the weekend. On Thursday, March 14, Aiken was captured at a residence on Morning Dew Court in Liberty, around 7 p.m.
The prison is a minimum security facility built in 1965 primarily used for inmates that participate in an off-site work crew or labor program if they qualify, deputies say. Aiken was not assigned to a work crew.
Deputies say that due to the age, design and the intent of the facility it is not equipped with the same levels of physical security measures as a facility designed to house offenders charged with capital crimes.
Aiken was in jail in January after being incarcerated for failing to pay child support. He was also charged with domestic violence and malicious injury to property, but PCSO says he has not been taken to trial for those charges.
However, when Aiken escaped, it did not involve any violence towards prison personnel, deputies say.
Deputies say Aiken was last seen wearing orange pants and a white colored shirt, running towards Concord Church Road.
PCSO is canvassed the area in an attempt to find Aiken. When he was captured on Thursday, PCSO says additional leads and information from the public helped track him down.
Deputies have since tacked on a new escape charge onto Aiken's current list, and are also working to determine if he received help from others to avoid arrest.