JASPER COUNTY, Sc. (WTOC) - UPDATE: The fugitive has been captured in the Levy area. Jasper County Sheriff’s Office thanks all who provided tips and information.
Authorities have been searching for a wanted fugitive since around 1 p.m. Friday when he took off from Savannah across the state line.
Jasper County investigators say Dustin Lax is a white male in his 30s. He’s wearing a black tank top and blue jeans.
“They have been watching him for awhile and ended up getting behind him, and I guess he noticed that they were behind him, and he took off and he crossed the bridge into South Carolina here in the Levy Community area and crashed his car and then ran off into the woods," said Jasper County Sheriff, Chris Malphrus.
Lax is considered to be armed and dangerous. Authorities are taking precautions to keep those in the area safe.
“Monitoring who’s going in, whose going out, and we’re actually on a couple of roads escorting people into the residence and making sure that everyone is accounted for that’s going in and out,” Sheriff Malphrus said.
One mother living in the area says it’s scary knowing that someone is on the loose that could hurt her family.
“You just don’t know which way to go or which way to look, you know, especially for your loved ones," Ebony Harmon said.
Lax is wanted for drug charges in Georgia, and police wanted to question him about possible violent crimes and a home invasion.
The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office is heading the search with the help of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Marshals, Chatham County-Savannah Narcotics Team, Savannah Police, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, Hardeeville Police, and the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. They have K-9 units out along with a helicopter in the area. With temperatures as high as they are, they say manpower was key.
“We are in the country, we are in the woods, and of course, the elements. We’re battling the heat. We’re battling the spiders and snakes and alligators, and we’ve already seen all those things of course so it’s...we’re on our toes,” Malphrus said.
Harmon says she won’t be able to rest until he is found.
“Locking the doors, everything we can possibly do to try to make sure we stay alert. Stay alert and stay alive,” she said.
If you see him, please call 911.