Police search for escaped armed robbery suspect

Aiken County authorities are continuing to search for a Graniteville man who escaped from police custody early Sunday.


Jack Cooper, 18, of Whaley Pond Road, was being transported by an Aiken County sheriff's patrol car when he escaped, according to a news release from the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

At about 5:40 a.m., Mr. Cooper was seated in the rear of a patrol car when he slipped his handcuffs in front of him, the news release stated.

When a deputy stopped the car on Trolley Line Road to reposition the handcuffs, Mr. Cooper crawled through a window and escaped through a passenger door, police said.

Mr. Cooper faces charges of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, police said.

He is a suspect in a Saturday morning armed robbery at La Escon'da Tienda on Rainbow Falls Road in Graniteville. The suspect in that robbery wore a mask, had a handgun and wore black clothing, police said.

Mr. Cooper is described as white, 6 feet 1 inch tall, and weighs 162 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.

Sheriff's deputies and the Aiken Bloodhound Tracking Team searched the Graniteville area for more than five hours Sunday, Lt. Frank said. As of Sunday evening, police were continuing their search, though no specific location perimeters had been set up countywide, he said.

Anyone with information leading to the whereabouts of Mr. Cooper is asked to contact Investigator Greg Savell at the Aiken County Sheriff's Office at (800) 9229709 or call Crimestoppers of the Midlands at (888) 559TIPS.

Callers will remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward of between $50 and $1,000, police said.

Reach Timothy Cox at (706) 823-3217 or tim.cox@augustachronicle.com.