On Friday around 4 p.m., Deqwon Mykel Blackmon escaped from deputies outside a jail in Lancaster, S.C., and was last seen running into nearby woods a few yards from the barbed-wire fence, Lancaster County authorities said.
Eight hours later, he posted on Facebook: “Just had to kiss my kids before I go so. Keep calm.”
Blackmon, who lives on Henderson Road in Lancaster, remained at large Monday despite an intense law enforcement search over the holiday weekend.
He had been arrested on Friday and charged with attempted murder in connection with an Aug. 23 shooting on S.C. 9 bypass.
Other posts and images from Blackmon’s Facebook page read like any other proud father’s. He chronicles trips to the dentist and posts an image of matching sneakers for him and his son. On another page, he posted a picture of SpongeBob SquarePants on television, which he says he’s watching with his children.
The images contrasted with pictures of the manhunt over the weekend, as law enforcement agents from three departments converged on Lancaster, using search dogs and a helicopter in an attempt to locate Blackmon.
Blackmon was not armed when he escaped from deputies, but authorities say he should be considered dangerous.
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to call 803-283-3388 or Crimestoppers at 888-Crime SC (888-274-6372). To email or text anonymous tips, go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com for information. The (Columbia) State contributed.