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Georgetown police recapture suspect

Police have captured a 20-year-old man early Tuesday after he escaped from custody a day earlier when he was arrested on charges in an armed robbery, said Capt. Nelson Brown with the Georgetown Police Department.

Derrick Rivera of Georgetown was arrested without incident about 3:15 a.m. Tuesday in the Green Acres Mobile Home Park in Georgetown County, said Deputy Russell Goodale with the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office. Rivera went to a home in the neighborhood, knocked on the door and asked for a ride back to Georgetown.

The homeowner recognized that Rivera was wanted and called police, Brown said. Officials had used a reverse 911 telephone tree to notify residents that Rivera was wanted and believed to be in the area.

"I understand he just gave up," Brown said Tuesday morning. "We certainly appreciate the State Law Enforcement Division and the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office for their assistance as well as the public."

Rivera was arrested Monday for an armed robbery that occurred about two weeks ago. Several people were robbed at gunpoint by three or four gunmen during a poker game at a Georgetown home.

No other suspects have been arrested in the robbery.

Rivera escaped from police Monday while being transferred to the Georgetown County Detention Center. Before that incident, Rivera had fled from police earlier in the day when officers initially arrested him, but he was quickly found in a nearby home. Brown said he will face additional charges related to the escape.

Rivera, who is being held at the Georgetown County Detention Center, has previously been convicted on charges dating from 2006 to 2008 of second-degree burglary, violation of city traffic ordinance, failure to stop for blue light and breaking into auto or tanks where fuel stored.

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