BREAKING: Massive Manhunt UNDERWAY In South Carolina- Authorities Make Announcement

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Jimmy Causey (Source: Department of Corrections)


 for an inmate they believe has made his second escape from a maximum-security South Carolina prison.

Jimmy Causey, 46, was sentenced to life in prison in 2004 after he was convicted of kidnapping and holding high-powered defense attorney Jack Swerling and his family at gunpoint in their home. Swerling had defended Causey in a previous case.

He was first incarcerated in state prison in 1992 on charges including grand larceny, according to online records.

Causey weighs about 180 pounds, 6’2″ and has short brown hair and blue eyes, according to authorities.

Causey escaped from Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville, S.C. just after 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the Department of Corrections.

Details about the nature of his escape have not yet been revealed but remain under investigation. Lieber Correctional Institution is a level three prison that also houses all inmates on South Carolina’s Death Row, WISTV 10 reports.

“He’s a very vicious criminal,” Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said. “He’s someone that we need to catch as soon as possible.”

This isn’t the first time Causey has escaped custody. He and another inmate, convicted murderer Johnny Brewer, escaped Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia in 2005 by hiding in a trash truck.

Both of them were captured a few days later at a local motel near the prison.

Brewer was found two years later, hanging from a bed sheet in his cell.

“[Causey] will not hesitate in using force, including deadly force against any victim what so ever,” Lott added,  “so we just caution the community to be on the lookout for him.”

Corrections officials are warning citizens to not approach Causey. Instead, they are urged to dial 911 immediately.

If you have any information about this incident, you are urged to contact Crimestoppers in any of the following ways: Call 1-888-CRIME SC (888-274-6372), Text TIPSC plus your tip info to CRIMES (274637), visit and email a tip. Your identity will be kept anonymous, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Stay safe out there BLUE. 

God Bless.

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