Pair of escaped inmates caught

PICKENS — Two inmates who walked away from the Pickens County Stockade last week are now back behind bars.

On Tuesday, June 9, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office began assisting authorities from the Pickens County Stockade in the search for two inmates who walked away from the facility at approximately 2 p.m. A routine headcount at around 6 p.m. prompted stockade authorities to notify the sheriff’s office of the escapees.

The inmates, Dustin Ryan Floyd, 28, of Greenville, and Jeffrey Shane Mauldin, 28, of Liberty, were not considered to be dangerous and are currently serving sentences for family court-related offenses with projected release dates later this year.

The PCSO immediately dispatched a team of detectives to work leads in an attempt to locate the inmates.

On June 10, Pickens County deputies assigned to the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force located one of the two escaped inmates.

Floyd was arrested at around 8:40 p.m. and taken into custody at a residence located at 103 Daniel Ave. in Greenville County. The arrest occurred without incident and with no resistance from Floyd.

He was immediately brought back to Pickens County, where he was booked into the Pickens County Detention Center and faces an additional charge of escape.

On June 12, the second escapee reported missing was captured and taken into custody.

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a suspicious male walking near a residence on Golden Creek Road in Liberty.

Moments later, Mauldin was located on Golden Creek Road and after a brief foot chase with deputies into a wooded area near Palmer Drive, he was arrested without any further incident.

Mauldin was also transported to the Pickens County Detention Center, where he is currently being held and charged with escape.

“I’m extremely proud of our personnel here at the sheriff’s office for their intensity and efforts given around the clock over the past couple of days,” sheriff Rick Clark said. “The deputies knew that our citizens were uncomfortable and concerned over the idea of having escapees in the area, and the deputies were committed to locating and capturing the inmates as soon as possible for the community’s safety.

“Thank you to the great people in this county for their support and for the assistance that they have given us through leads and information throughout this investigation.”