“Escaped Inmate Located and Taken back into Custody without Incident”

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The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has located and arrested the inmate within the past half hour that escaped from the Pickens County Detention Center earlier this morning.

A deputy located Jonathon Ray Jefferson Neal (24yoa) at a residence on Hwy 8. After a brief foot chase, he was taken into custody without any further use of force.

He was transported back to the Detention Center where his status will be upgraded from a minimum to a high risk security level. He now will face the additional charge of Escape.

Statements made by Mr. Jefferson Neal to the arresting deputy indicated that the motivation for his escape was merely to see his family.

Sheriff Rick Clark stated…

“The residents of Pickens County are fortunate to have the caliber of deputies that work for the citizens at the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.  

The tenacity and commitment displayed today by our personnel to locate and return this man to justice so quickly speaks volumes in regards to their efforts and service to our community.  

My hat is certainly off to the arresting deputy. Job well done!”


“Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Investigates Report of Suspicious Person on Doodle Trail”

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The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office was requested to provide assistance to the SC Highway Patrol in reference to a suspicious person on the Doodle Trail near Rice Rd in Easley.  The incident occurred Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at approximately 7:15pm.

Deputies arrived on the scene and interviewed an adult witness (33yoa) who stated that she was riding a bicycle on the Doodle Trail when she observed another adult male riding a bicycle. The male attempted to speak to the female but she was unable to understand him due to a language barrier.

The witness came to a stop on the trail as the male continued to ride on down the trail. A couple of minutes passed as the male rode out of sight.  The witness proceeded on down the path on her bicycle and as she proceeded around a curve, she observed the same male standing on the side of the trail facing the wood railing and urinating towards the wooded area.

The witness observed a SC State Trooper and flagged him down in order to report the incident. Deputies attempted to interview the male (23yoa) but also experienced difficulty in communicating due to the individual did not speak English.  Deputies accessed a language, assistance line that allowed them to communicate with the individual.

The male stated that he did not have access to a restroom and that no one was around when he started to urinate.

Deputies contacted a Pickens County Magistrate and presented the facts of the incident. The Judge stated that the activity did not meet the statutory threshold for a criminal violation of Indecent Exposure as the conduct lacked the elements of willful and malicious intent to offend others.

The deputies did not see any indications that the male was under the influence of alcohol or any other drug.

Reports on social media describing circumstances of a male intentionally exposing himself while in a state of arousal are unfounded based on the information provided to deputies and the information provided in a sworn statement from the witness.

The Sheriff’s Office has not received any other reports of similar activity on the Doodle Trail.


“Six Mile Man Arrested in Theft of Stolen Bread Truck”

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The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has charged a man from Six Mile in the theft of a stolen bread truck while it was parked at the Dollar General Store located at 2308 Liberty Hwy.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of a truck having been stolen from the parking lot of the Dollar General at approximately 8:30am on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Witnesses at the business stated that an unknown man had walked up to the store and moments later he was observed driving away in the vehicle at a high rate of speed.

The stolen 2013 Isuzu box truck valued at approximately $45,000.00 was loaded with bread at the time of the theft.

The Sheriff’s Office developed several leads throughout the morning and the vehicle was located at a residence on Mountain View Church Rd. late last night.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Kyle Daniel Moon (27yoa) of Six Mile at the residence after the investigation revealed that Moon was positively identified as the man that had originally stolen the vehicle and later drove it to Mountain View Rd.

It was at this location that witnesses stated Moon proceeded to distribute the bread products from the vehicle to various individuals just prior to being arrested.

Mr. Moon is expected to be arraigned by a Pickens County Magistrate later today.

A mug shot has been attached to this release.


“Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Asks for Public’s Help in Identifying Suspects in Copper Theft”

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The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two men involved in the theft of over 200 feet of copper wire that belonged to AT&T.

The investigation was initiated on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 after AT&T personnel discovered that an operational phone cable had been cut and removed from an overhead line system located on Dacusville Highway near North Ballard Drive. The copper is valued in excess of $2000.00.

The Sheriff’s Office has obtained multiple images of two men believed to be the suspects in this incident.

Detectives are requesting that anyone with information that could assist in the identification of these men in the attached photos to please contact the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 898-5501 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.



“Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Continues to Investigate Fatal Shooting”

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The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has continued to investigate the deadly shooting that occurred on Sunny Lane in Pickens during the evening hours on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

Robin Janette Smith (39 yoa) was found deceased in the driveway of #110 Sunny Lane with what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds.

Paul Scott Bennett (58 yoa) of #110 Sunny Lane is still detained in the Pickens County Detention Center after a Pickens County Magistrate denied bond earlier today on the two previously reported charges of Murder and Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime.

The investigation is still on-going and detectives thus far have determined that the incident stemmed from a verbal confrontation that started earlier Saturday afternoon.

Mr. Bennett called authorities at approximately 4:30pm on Saturday and stated that he had been personally shot at by trespassers on his property.

Deputies arrived on the scene to investigate; however, Bennett recanted his story and stated that no one had been on his property and that he had heard gunshots in the distance by an unknown party.

Detectives do not believe that any other person fired any shots during the fatal encounter and the only weapon recovered at the scene was a .9mm handgun that detectives have reason to believe was brought to the encounter by Mr. Bennett.

Again, this case is still under investigation and no further information will be released at this time until additional interviews can be conducted and detectives have had time to complete the investigation.