Irmo, SC (Paul Kirby) – The Irmo Police Department has identified a burglary suspect after actively searching for him Wednesday afternoon. The suspect was caught in the act when a neighbor spotted him breaking into a house and called police. He fled on foot from the home as police were responding. Officers have not said if the suspect was by himself or had accomplices.
Police were focusing their search on a large area near the Saluda Shoals neighborhood and back toward Friarsgate Park. This is an area that is heavily wooded at points and has a portion of Rawls Creek running through it. They believe the suspect fled on foot through the woods toward Irmo Drive.
Deputies from both Lexington and Richland Counties were helping to man the large perimeter they had established. The suspect was described as a black male wearing a black hoodie, black pants, with a small afro hairstyle. They believe he’s about 5’10” tall and weighs approximately 170 lbs. Once they positively knew who he was, they decided to get warrants for his arrest and apprehend him later.
Officers had a witness that provided a good identification of the suspect they were searching for. They had units enroute to the house that was burglarized to process the scene. K-9s were also being used and they were trying to establish a track just after 3:15 p.m. Wednesday. The dogs were called off after the suspect was identified.
We will update this story as it develops.