Escaped inmate still on the loose

James Sanders

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCIV) -- It's been 15 days since James Alan Sanders escaped from the Hill-Finklea Detention Center. Since, law enforcement officials have searched the tri-county area, and admit to spotting Sanders and not being able to take him into custody.

Sanders, 39, escaped from the Berkeley detention center at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, January 26. His escape wasn't anything dramatic. Officials with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office say he was somehow able to walk out a side door.

As a result, one Berkeley county employee was terminated, another demoted and two suspended.

According to a Crime Stoppers flier, Sanders should be considered aggressive and dangerous. He was being held at the detention center on charges of criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

Sanders was last seen in the Sangaree area of Summerville. Authorities say they spotted Sanders in the area of Parkway Boulevard, and a began a search of the road and surrounding areas -- both low and high as they stopped every vehicle and used a helicopter to search surrounding areas from the sky.

Anyone with information on Sanders is asked to contact the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office at 843-719-4412 or Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.