Law enforcement officers from five agencies were on the lookout Saturday for a South Carolina prison escapee who apparently evaded capture by police in the early morning hours in Shelby.
Hoyle Mincey, 57, escaped last Sunday evening from the Wateree Correctional Institution in Sumter County, east of Columbia. He had been serving an eight-year sentence for burglary in Cherokee County, according to state prison records.
About 3 a.m. Saturday, Shelby police tried to pull over a vehicle on Dellinger Road near Charles Road. Authorities said a man inside the vehicle, thought to be Mincey, jumped from the van and ran.
He was sought by Shelby police, the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, the N.C. Highway Patrol, U.S. marshals, and the S.C. Department of Corrections.
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The S.C. Department of Corrections described Mincey as being 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighing 167 pounds, with a fair complexion. He has several tattoos on his left arm (a joker, a wizard and an eagle) and on his right arm (snake, joker, lion’s head), and prison officials said Mincey’s left ring finger is amputated.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 1-888-CRIME-SC.