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Aiken County Man Arrested following Manhunt in Edgefield County Monday

web posted November 7, 2012

COUNTY – An Aiken County man that led Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies on a manhunt on Monday evening is behind bars after his arrest on Tuesday. Edgefield and Aiken County Sheriff's Deputies went to Scott Williams' home on Whaley Pond Road, just inside Aiken County, armed with an arrest warrant and a search warrant. A woman inside the home came out and stated Williams was in the home and was armed, causing Aiken County to have the SWAT Team arrive to the standoff.

After a short standoff with SWAT, Williams, 24, surrendered without incident and was transported to the Edgefield County Detention Center for booking on charges of burglary in the first degree and larceny. Those charges stem from one of the burglaries reported Monday afternoon that led to the manhunt after he was spotted feeing the scene on foot.

The Edgefield County Sheriff's Bloodhound Team tracked Williams to at least one other location, but it is believed he used a borrowed cell phone to call a friend to pick him up and was able to get outside of the perimeter surrounding him.

According to Edgefield County Sheriff Capitan Chris Wash, at the time the search of the home was underway, he said none of the stolen items had been recovered at the time. It is unknown if stolen guns and other property were found during the remaining search.

Williams was believed to be under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of his arrest. "We couldn't even have a conversation with him," Capt. Wash said, due to how "high" Williams was on the suspected drug. He was taken first to the Edgefield County Hospital because of his condition and booked after being released from the ER.

A bond hearing should take place sometime Wednesday.

Williams may be connected to other burglaries in the area, which are still under investigation.

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