Union Co. escaped inmate Brent Austin found hiding under abandoned house

UNION CO., SC (WSPA) – Inmate Brent Austin was arrested two days after deputies say he escaped.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office said Austin was arrested just before 11 p.m. Sunday.

Austin escaped around noon Friday before a court hearing.

Officials said he escaped through a restroom window at the Union County Courthouse, jumping two levels to the ground before stealing a pickup truck from a nearby apartment complex.

Austin, a prisoner of the S.C. Department of Corrections, was captured in Union County by deputies and agents with the S.C. Law Enforcement Division.

SLED agents and deputies reportedly found Austin hiding underneath an abandoned house in the 200 block of Hancock Street in Union.

According to a release from the Union County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, deputies received information that Austin was seen on Lakeside Drive that was later confirmed.

Officers believed Austin was still in the Monarch area on Union County and made contact with people associated with Austin.

According to the release, deputies were given information late Sunday night saying Austin was hiding under a house on Hancock Street and he was located in a makeshift bed with blankets.

He was arrested and taken to the Union County Jail, where he awaited transport to the South Carolina Department of Corrections on Monday.

Austin is serving a 14-month sentence for a drug conviction, according to the S.C. Department of Corrections.