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Institution escapee apprehended in Fairview, bond set

Fugitive Jason Mark Carter was apprehended in Fairview this morning.


The Tennessee Highway Patrol apprehended Jason Mark Carter, 39, of Columbia, S.C., an escapee from a South Carolina mental health institution, in Fairview this morning.

Carter is charged with possession of stolen property and for being a fugitive from justice, according to Sharon Puckett, sheriff’s office spokesperson. Bond is set for $110,000. He is scheduled to appear in Williamson County General Sessions Court on Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. 

According to multiple reports, Carter was accused of murdering his mother and stepfather eight years ago but was found not guilty by reason of insanity in 2009. 

Carter was wanted for larceny and for being a fugitive from justice on Friday morning in Williamson County, according to THP reports. The fugitive escaped a mental health institution in South Carolina at approximately 10 a.m. on Thursday Jan. 2. It appears he stole a van from the Craft Farrow State Hospital in Columbia, S.C. and later purchased a Chevrolet Lumina.

The THP dispatched a “be on the look out” for the vehicle at approximately 6:30 a.m. this morning. South Carolina authorities pinged the suspects cell phone and advised that the suspect may be traveling west on Interstate 40 near exit 182.
Just before 7:30 am. A trooper observed the suspect vehicle at the Fairview Inn located off of Exit 182 on I 40 westbound. Further investigation revealed that the suspect checked in to the hotel at approximately 4:30 a.m. today.
Tennessee state troopers on the scene contacted the agency’s Special Operations Unit, who arrived and took the suspect into custody without incident at approximately 9:15 a.m. 
Carter is being kept at the Williamson County jail where he will eventually be extradited to South Carolina. 

Posted on: 1/3/2014


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