An escaped inmate from the Union County Detention Center was apprehended Thursday at a motel in Spartanburg County, according to a statement from Union County Sheriff David Taylor.
Joshua Ray Stephens, 27, of 128 Dana Tara Lane, Buffalo, had escaped from a work detail while cutting grass at Jonesville Town Hall Wednesday afternoon. Stephens was being held on charges of marijuana possession and driving without a license.
Investigators received information that Stephens was staying at the Red Roof Inn on Jones Road in Spartanburg County after his escape. According to a statement, the Union County Sheriff's Office contacted the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office and both agencies went to the hotel.
They found Stephens in a hotel room along with Kimberly Dawn Neal, 29, of 3121 West Springs Highway, Buffalo, the sheriff stated.
Neal was wanted on unrelated charges stemming from an incident that occurred on May 27. Narcotics officers with the Union County Sheriff's Office at the time had executed a search warrant at a motel in Union County and found a quantity of methamphetamine along with an EBT card that did not belong to Neal. Neal was not at the motel in Union County when it was searched, so warrants were signed against her by a narcotic officer.
According to the statement, Neal now faces charges for unlawful escape, harboring or employing escape convicts, and could face up to 10 years in prison.
Stephens was charged with escape, according to warrants. He could receive a prison sentence of up to 15 years if convicted.