Sheriff: Escapee surrounded in Allendale Co. woods

HAMPTON COUNTY, SC (WTOC / WCSC) - A convict who escaped during transport with a deputy cruiser Thursday is now surrounded by law enforcement officers in a wooded area of Allendale County.

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley says 37-year-old Perry Alton Sullivan is surrounded in the woods in Allendale County after he tried to rob a drug store.

Authoritie said Sullivan tried to carjack a woman Friday morning in Hampton County.

Sullivan faces charges of weapons possession, assault, and failure to appear in court.

A woman approached a stop sign on Highway 321, 2 miles north of Faifax. Authorities said that while she was at the stop sign, Sullivan held a gun to the woman's head and tried to get into her car at about 7:30 a.m. Friday. She sped off and was not injured.

The Hampton County Sheriff's Office's dog team is tracking the area where the carjacking occurred. The search is centered along Highway 321 north of Fairfax. Several law enforcement agencies, wearing bullet proof vests, have been searching the area of Highway 321 with a helicopter.

On Thursday, a Stephens County, Ga., deputy was transporting Sullivan to Allendale, S.C. Sullivan was complaining of feeling ill. The police officer pulled over, and that's when Sullivan overpowered the deputy and was able to steal his service arm (Glock), according to the Allendale County Sheriff's Office.

Sullivan has a distinctive tattoo on his neck of a lock with wings. If you see him or a Stephens County Sheriff's Officer cruiser, call police right away. He is considered armed and dangerous.

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