Escaped inmate captured


EASLEY — An escaped inmate was captured less than two hours after fleeing a work detail near Easley on Monday morning.

According to a release from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, Kyle William Howes, 35, was assigned to a litter crew when he fled on foot at around 9:30 a.m. near Old Stagecoach Road.

Howes had been held at the Pickens County Stockade since March 7 while serving a 90-day sentence on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, providing false information to police and false identification that stemmed from a City of Easley case.

Howes, who officers did not consider to be dangerous, was arrested near 207 Sunset Drive — approximately a mile from where he fled — after the sheriff’s office received reports of a suspicious person at or near a home shortly after 11 a.m.

Deputies responded to the home and found Howes still wearing the orange shirt and jeans he was last seen in, at which time he was taken into custody without incident.

Howes was transported to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility, where he will face an additional charge of escape, according to deputies.