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Aiken Burglary Suspect Escapes Hospital After Saturday Arrest; Manhunt Centered Around Warrenville

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An Aiken burglary suspect escaped the sheriff’s office custody Saturday night while being treated at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Jonathan Griffin, 30, was spotted again Sunday morning in the area of Cemetery Road in Warrenville, sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said.

Griffin fled into a wooded area near Simons Street as responding deputies began their search Sunday. The Aiken Bloodhound Tracking Team and SLED was assisting with the search for Griffin, a press release says.

Griffin was initially arrested Saturday night after an investigation into a burglary on Edisto Road. His brother – 27-year-old Christopher Griffin – was arrested Saturday for the same break-in. He is sitting in the Aiken County Jail.

But Jonathan Griffin escaped at the hospital. It’s unclear whether deputies were watching him at the time.

Both Griffin brothers are repeat offenders with a long history of arrests in Aiken County. It’s a wonder both are not locked up in prison already.

Christopher Griffin’s history dates back to his youth. So does his brother’s, Jonathan, who escaped from authorities on Saturday night after a burglary arrest.

On Sunday, residents of Midland Valley expressed concern on social media about the suspect. By Sunday afternoon, the sheriff’s office posted about the escape and asked for the public’s help in finding him.

“Griffin is wanted for Burglary 2nd Degree, Trespassing, Malicious Injury to Personal Property, Harassment 1st Degree and Escape,” Capt. Abdullah wrote in a post.

Jonathan Griffin is described as a white male, 6’00” tall, approximately 130 pounds, brown hair, and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Griffin, we encourage them to contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 648-6811. You can provide information anonymously through Midlands Crime Stoppers. Your tip could earn you a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for any crime.

 

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Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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