Three additional inmates charged in connection to Orangeburg Co. jailbreak


ORANGEBURG, SC (WACH)--- Three men are accused of helping their fellow inmates escape from the Orangeburg County jail.

Wednesday afternoon, a judge denied bail for Otis Goodwine, Roosevelt Johnson, and Tykiel Huggins. Three inmates escaped over the weekend. Two of them have already been caught.

Authorities arrested 27-year-old Tyshon Johnson in Winston-Salem Tuesday. Investigators said tips led them to a gas station. That's where they found Johnson with a rifle in a stolen car from Virginia.

Orangeburg County Councilman Willie Owens wants more answers about what happened the night of the escape. "We feel that these prisoners are staying in our jails too long and we want to talk to the solicitor to see about moving prisoners to where they should be placed," Owens said. "It's not good that's why we are asking for a complete investigation of what happened how it happened and why it happened, and I hope once we get that we can make some decisions whether heads will fly or people will stay."

Earlier this week, the county administrator said a power outage led to the jailbreak, but the sheriff's office said that's not the case. Investigators said there were issues with the jail's main switchboard leading up to the escape. "I'm sure that these will not be the last individuals charged in this incident,” Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said. “I am asking any and everybody that has any information about on Mr. Green to call and come to us before we come to you."

The corrections officer, the inmates, are accused of assaulting during the escape stood quietly in court on Wednesday. The man did not comment, but a sheriff's office official said he just wants justice.

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