*UPDATE* Teen inmate back in custody following escape from Broad River Road prison
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – A 16-year-old boy is back in custody following his escape from a Midlands prison on Wednesday.
According to a tweet for the Department of Juvenile Justice, Nicholas Rios fled from the Broad River Road Complex. He is serving a 35 year sentence for criminal sexual conduct.
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South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice officials say they’re looking for an escaped juvenile inmate.
Authorities say Nicholas Rios, 16, left the DJJ Broad River Road Complex on Wednesday.
According to investigators, Rios is serving 35 years for criminal sexual conduct for sexually assaulting a 71 year old woman last year.
The Associated Press reports that in July 2019, Horry County authorities say the victim was assaulted by Rios at her home on Surfside Beach after he broke in.
The 15th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office tried Rios as an adult with multiple charges, including attempted murder and burglary.
DJJ officials say Rios is 5’2″, weighs 145 pounds and was last seen wearing a white crew neck t-shirt, khaki pants and black shoes.
If you know where he is, please call either 911 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.