A Greenwood County Detention Center inmate with less than three weeks of his sentence left to serve walked off from his work assignment Tuesday, and about five hours later was back in custody.
Robert Andrew Proctor was assigned to work at the Greenwood County Maintenance Shop on Siloam Church Road at about 7:20 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to a release from the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office. Detention center staff were notified he walked off from the job at 2:08 p.m.
GCSO personnel, the bloodhound tracking team and the K9 team went there to search for Proctor, but at 5 p.m. the search in the immediate area was scaled back.
The release, sent at 6 p.m. said he could have found a ride out of the area.
But Sgt. Jeff Graham with the sheriff’s office said Proctor was going into Walmart and deputies received a tip from someone who saw him. Officers were able to detain him there.
Proctor was incarcerated on June 19 on three counts of violation of a protection order and one count of shoplifting.
He was sentenced to 88 days and was scheduled for release on Aug. 4.
Officers had issued an arrest warrant for a charge of escape against Proctor.
A conviction on an escape count, which is a felony, carries a sentence of one to 15 years in prison that can not run concurrently with other offenses.
Graham said Procter will also face a resisting arrest charge.
Earlier this year, Proctor served abut a month in jail after pleading guilty to a third-degree assault and battery charge and currently has three charges pending trial tied to a December 2018 arrest: driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.