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For Immediate Release

March 14, 2012 DUSM Amanda Lyons, District of South Carolina
(803) 765-5479
Escaped Kentucky Inmate Caught on an Undercover Drive By

Columbia, SC - Phillip Houston McBride AKA: “Flip” was arrested this evening by the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force, Operation Intercept. McBride escaped from the Marion Adjustment Center located in Marion County Kentucky on Friday March 9. McBride was being held at the Marion Adjustment Center for Manufacturing Methamphetamine charges and other criminal misconduct cases stemming from warrants issued in Clay County, KY. McBride was last seen wearing khaki pants at around 4:19pm last Friday and a manhunt ensued in Kentucky attempting to locate McBride.

On Tuesday, Kentucky State Police contacted Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and SLED (South Carolina Law Enforcement Division) requesting assistance in locating and apprehending McBride after it was discovered warrants from June 2011 were issued by Lexington County for Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Grand Larceny, and two counts of Trespassing. Task Force Officers assigned to Operation Intercept working for Lexington County agreed to help and Deputy US Marshals and task force officers began working leads on the whereabouts of McBride. Acting on a tip provided through Crime Stoppers earlier today, Operation Intercept and SLED agents set up surveillance in the area McBride was believed to be hiding. An Operation Intercept task force officer decided to do a “drive-by” of the suspected location and upon his passing the 1640 block of Pelion Road in Gaston, McBride was observed walking outside the tree line. SLED agents, Lexington County K-9 units, and Operation Intercept officers approached McBride who resisted arrest and attempted to flee by assaulting a SLED agent. McBride was apprehended a few moments later and taken to the Lexington County Detention Center, where he awaits court proceedings. McBride is also facing the additional charge of Assault on Police While Resisting Arrest after today’s incident.

“Today’s arrest is another example of successful cooperation between local, state, and federal agencies. McBride felt he could take solace in the state of South Carolina and did not count on an unmarked police unit to ‘drive by’ with Operation Intercept at the wheel. The severity of his charges shows he is a dangerous and violent individual and wanted to continue his freedom when he assaulted the SLED agent. Let this be a lesson to everyone thinking of taking refuge in South Carolina, we will not sleep until we bring you to justice”, stated Kelvin Washington US Marshal for the District of South Carolina.

Established in 1789, the United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. In fiscal 201, the Marshals arrested more than 36,200 federal fugitives, clearing 39,400 felony warrants and arrested 12,144 sex offenders. Marshal’s Service-led task forces like South Carolina’s Operation Intercept arrested 86,400 state and local fugitives, clearing 113,300 felony warrants. Locally, Operation Intercept arrested over 2,500 South Carolina fugitives during that same period.

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