Advanced Patrol Officer Joey DeLoach

Advanced Patrol Officer Joey DeLoach received the Meritorious Service Award for locating a suspect who had abducted a child in South Carolina.

APO DeLoach was actively searching for the subject who was described as “armed and dangerous” and wearing body armor who had abducted a child and led the police in South Carolina on a pursuit. APO DeLoach located the subject and took him into custody.

The child was recovered, unharmed, and returned to the mother. The Statesboro Police Department is “very proud of Joey and his professionalism!”

Below is the Grice Connect story on this incident:

South Carolina Amber Alert Abductor Apprehended in Statesboro

Just after 11:00, Thursday, April 21, 2022, Beaufort County South Carolina Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Marsh Side apartments on Hilton Head Island regarding an abduction.

At the scene, deputies learned that 25-year-old Jairus Housey, who was armed with a handgun and wearing a ballistic vest, forced his way into an apartment and assaulted the mother of his child.

Following the assault, Housey left the apartment and drove off with his 10-month-old child in a Hyundai Sonata.

Deputies made contact with Housey via telephone.

Housey advised deputies he would kill the child, law enforcement officers and himself if he was pursued.

In the investigation, the Hyundai Housey was driving was tracked to Jasper, Colleton and Hampton counties.

Law enforcement agencies in those jurisdictions located and pursued the Hyundai, but due to the dangerous speeds, for the child’s safety, pursuits were terminated.

An Amber Alert was issued to the public. 

After the Amber Alert was issued, at approximately, 3:30 Friday morning, April 22, the Hyundai was located in the parking lot of Park Place apartments in Statesboro, Georgia.

The Statesboro Police Department and other Georgia law enforcement agencies made contact with Housey and took him into custody.

The child was found in the Hyundai unharmed. Also in the Hyundai, Georgia authorities found a handgun and a ballistic vest.

Housey is incarcerated in Georgia and will face extradition to Beaufort County for charges of domestic violence 2nd degree, felon in possession of a handgun, pointing and presenting a firearm and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Housey will likely face additional criminal charges, as he committed multiple offenses in other jurisdictions,

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office appreciates the dispatchers and law enforcement officers who helped safely resolve this dangerous situation.