Escapees back in jail


Pair recaptured this morning

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Times Standing with their hands cuffed behind their backs, Kenneth Steven Lipsey Jr. (foreground) and Ashley Tyler are booked back into the Union County Jail. The two escaped from the jail late Friday afternoon and remained at-large until shortly after 9 a.m. this morning when they were taken into custody in the Buffalo area.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Kenneth Steven Lipsey Jr. is escorted back into the Union County Jail this morning a little over 15 hours after he and fellow inmate Ashley Tyler escaped. The pair broke out of jail around 4 p.m. Friday and remained at-large, triggering a manhunt that lasted until shortly after 9 a.m. this morning when the pair were recaptured in the Buffalo area. At the time of his escape, Lipsey was in jail charged with possession of meth.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Ashley Tyler sits in the Union County as he waits to be checked out by Union County EMS. Tyler and Kenneth Steven Lipsey Jr. escaped from the jail later Friday afternoon. Following their escape they remained at-large until shortly after 9 a.m. this morning when they were recaptured in the Buffalo area. At the time of his escape, Tyler was charged with murder, sex offender registry violation, probation violation, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.


UNION COUNTY — Two inmates who escaped from the Union County Jail late Friday afternoon are back in jail this morning.

Ashley Tyler and Kenneth Steven Lipsey Jr. broke out of jail around 4 p.m. Friday, triggering a manhunt that ultimately involved five law enforcement agencies that searched all night and into this morning for the pair.

Union County Sheriff David Taylor Taylor said that the Tyler and Lipsey escaped from the jail by breaking a hinge on the chain link fence surrounding the recreaction area of the jail enabling them to squeeze through. He said they then threw blankets over the concertina wire atop the fence around the jail and pulled themselves up to the roof. They then ran across the roof to side of the jail where there wasn’t a fence, jumped to the ground and ran away.

The ensuing search for Tyler and Lipsey involved not only the Union County Sheriff’s Office but also the Union Public Safety Department, SLED, the SC Highway Patrol, and SC Department of Natural Resources. The search soon came to focus on the Buffalo area and the county’s mobile command post was dispatched to the Buffalo Fire Department which became the center of operations for the search which continued into the early hours of this morning.

Shortly before Tyler and Lipsey were captured, Taylor said that bloodhounds had been used to track the pair until about mid-morning when the search had been halted in order to allow both the dogs and their handlers to rest. Taylor said they’d went back out into the field around 8:15 a.m. focusing on a creek within a perimeter established by law enforcement around the Riley Road in the Buffalo Mill area.

When they escaped, Tyler and Lipsey were shirtless and apparently lost their jail issue flip-flops as they fled. Taylor said that it was their footprints which helped searchers zero in on their location.

“We had a call early this morning from a homeowner who said there were bare footprints in the creek that had not been there at dusk,” Taylor said. “We went to the area and put the bloodhounds out and they followed the footprints for about a mile before they dispapeared. The bloodhounds then circled back and went up a bank and into a wooded area. They went about a hundred feet into the woods where they found Tyler and Lipsey laying down trying to hide. The handlers spotted them and they were taken into custody without any resistance.”

Tyler, 40, is charged with murder in the Nov. 19, 2015 shooting death of his stepmother, Rebecca Tyler, who was shot three times at her home on River Road. He is also charged with sex offender registry violation, probation violation, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Lipsey, 18, is charged with possession of meth.

Taylor said that the two will also be charged with escape and will have a bond hearing this afternoon at 3 p.m. He said that after the bond hearing they will be transported to the Spartanburg County Jail which he described as a more secure facility.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Standing with their hands cuffed behind their backs, Kenneth Steven Lipsey Jr. (foreground) and Ashley Tyler are booked back into the Union County Jail. The two escaped from the jail late Friday afternoon and remained at-large until shortly after 9 a.m. this morning when they were taken into custody in the Buffalo area.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0004Captured.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Standing with their hands cuffed behind their backs, Kenneth Steven Lipsey Jr. (foreground) and Ashley Tyler are booked back into the Union County Jail. The two escaped from the jail late Friday afternoon and remained at-large until shortly after 9 a.m. this morning when they were taken into custody in the Buffalo area.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Kenneth Steven Lipsey Jr. is escorted back into the Union County Jail this morning a little over 15 hours after he and fellow inmate Ashley Tyler escaped. The pair broke out of jail around 4 p.m. Friday and remained at-large, triggering a manhunt that lasted until shortly after 9 a.m. this morning when the pair were recaptured in the Buffalo area. At the time of his escape, Lipsey was in jail charged with possession of meth.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0002Captured.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Kenneth Steven Lipsey Jr. is escorted back into the Union County Jail this morning a little over 15 hours after he and fellow inmate Ashley Tyler escaped. The pair broke out of jail around 4 p.m. Friday and remained at-large, triggering a manhunt that lasted until shortly after 9 a.m. this morning when the pair were recaptured in the Buffalo area. At the time of his escape, Lipsey was in jail charged with possession of meth.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Ashley Tyler sits in the Union County as he waits to be checked out by Union County EMS. Tyler and Kenneth Steven Lipsey Jr. escaped from the jail later Friday afternoon. Following their escape they remained at-large until shortly after 9 a.m. this morning when they were recaptured in the Buffalo area. At the time of his escape, Tyler was charged with murder, sex offender registry violation, probation violation, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0008Captured.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Ashley Tyler sits in the Union County as he waits to be checked out by Union County EMS. Tyler and Kenneth Steven Lipsey Jr. escaped from the jail later Friday afternoon. Following their escape they remained at-large until shortly after 9 a.m. this morning when they were recaptured in the Buffalo area. At the time of his escape, Tyler was charged with murder, sex offender registry violation, probation violation, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
Pair recaptured this morning

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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