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Authorities search for second man wanted in connection with escape in Georgetown

Georgetown Police are searching for a second man wanted in connection with an escape that occurred Monday, said Capt. Nelson Brown with the Georgetown Police Department.

Police say Dexter Nigel Stephens of Branchville was the driver of the car stopped by police on Monday afternoon.

Police were arresting the passenger of the car, Derrick Rivera of Georgetown, on charges related to an armed robbery when Stephens put the car in drive and sped off, Brown said.

A warrant has been issued for Stephens arrest. He is being charged with child endangerment, assault and battery, and failure to stop for blue lights, Brown said.

Stephens is being charged with child endangerment because there was an infant in the back seat of the car at the time, and with assault and battery because the officer making the arrest was hit when the car sped off, Brown said.

Rivera, 20, was quickly found in a nearby home, but escaped again as he was being transferred to the Georgetown County Detention Center Monday afternoon.

Rivera was captured early Tuesday. He remained jailed Thursday morning under a $50,000 bail for the escape charge.

An officer has also resigned following the escape at the jail.

Brown declined Wednesday to release the officer's name and said that the officer's resignation had nothing to do with the escape.

The officer resigned for personal reasons, Brown said. He said there will be no disciplinary actions against any officers as they didn't find any violations at this time.

Anyone with any information on Stephens' whereabouts is asked to call the Georgetown Police Department at 545-4300.

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