Beaufort News

Wanted man found in attic of Bluffton apartment

Christopher Woods

A man trying to escape authorities early Tuesday fled into a Bluffton apartment attic but was apprehended when his pursuers used a battering ram to break down a door, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report.

The U.S. Marshals Service and sheriff's deputies surrounded an apartment building on Paddington Lane as they tried to arrest Christopher Woods, 27, of Gifford, who was wanted by the Hampton County Sheriff's Office on warrants for child endangerment and neglect and failure to stop for a blue light.

Woods ran up the stairs when they knocked on the apartment door, the report said. A woman who answered the door allowed law enforcement officers to search the apartment, where they found in plain view 5.6 grams of cocaine, 2 grams of crack cocaine and 2.1 grams of marijuana, the report said.

Authorities noticed Woods had entered the attic of an adjacent apartment by removing a panel of drywall. Deputy marshals used a battering ram to break down the front door of the neighboring apartment, which was unoccupied at the time. Woods was arrested in the attic soon after, according to the report.

Woods was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, simple possession of marijuana and malicious injury to property. He is being held for prosecution in the Beaufort County Detention Center, according to the jail log.