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‘Armed and dangerous’ suspect arrested by police searching along I-95 in Hardeeville

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Two juveniles are facing charges of kidnapping, carjacking and armed robbery on Tuesday afternoon after a search by multiple law enforcement agencies along I-95.

The two juveniles were not identified.

Hardeeville Police Department — assisted by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and Bluffton Police Department — were searching for one of the juveniles in the area around the 10-mile marker around noon on Tuesday, according to Hardeeville Police Chief Sam Woodward.

He said additional charges may be added.

Woodward said a driver reported being carjacked at 11:12 a.m. While the driver was giving a statement to Hardeeville Police, the stolen vehicle with two people inside passed them heading north on I-95.

Officers gave chase, and the vehicle wrecked around mile marker 9, Woodward said. One juvenile was taken into custody there, and another ran into the woods.

Jasper County Sheriff’s Office sent out an advisory at 12:02 p.m. asking the public to be on the lookout for anything suspicious in the area of mile marker 10. It said police were looking along the interstate for a suspect who was considered “armed and dangerous.”

Just before 2 p.m., the second juvenile was arrested, Woodward said.

Also on Tuesday afternoon, Jasper County Sheriff Chris Malphrus asked the public for prayers after one of his deputies was entrapped in a vehicle in an I-95 crash in the same area. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating that crash.



Lisa Wilson is a reporter for The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette. The 25-year newsroom veteran has worked for papers in Louisiana and Mississippi and is happy to call the Lowcountry home.
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