Published August 19, 2010
Murder suspect who escaped from home detention caught
Authorities say Reeder removed monitor, disappeared in JuneFrom staff reports
A 20-year-old murder suspect who authorities say escaped from home detention in June by removing his court-ordered ankle monitor was captured on Wednesday.
Rashawn L. Reeder, who already faced a charge of murder and two counts of assault and battery with intent to kill in connection with a March 2009 shooting, was taken into custody just before noon at Westgate Apartments by Spartanburg County deputies and State Law Enforcement Division agents.
Reeder, of 300 Crescent Ave., Spartanburg, was booked into the county jail just after 1 p.m. and charged with escape and probation violation.
"We're excited about getting him back in jail," Spartanburg Sheriff Chuck Wright said. "I guess he's proven the second time - especially since he didn't do what a judge ordered him to do - he was probably a danger to society and we're just glad to have him put where he can't bother anybody anymore."
According to the Sheriff's Office, Reeder was armed with a handgun at the time of his arrest but Wright said Reeder was apprehended without incident.
"We figured he was armed and dangerous," said Wright, who added that his staff had been tracking Reeder's movements before eventually locating him Wednesday.
"We were able to put a lot of things together," Wright said. "Sometimes it works in a day and sometimes it takes a month, but it worked out pretty good for us."
Reeder and Darius Cathcart were charged in the March 14, 2009, shooting death of 16-year-old Duncan Lamar "AJ" Geter. Reeder also is charged in the shooting of Bryant Miller, 22. Reeder was injured by gunfire in the altercation.
Following his arrest last year, Judge Roger Couch ordered a $75,000 bond for Reeder, and as a condition of Reeder's bond, Couch ordered home detention with electronic monitoring on Oct. 1.
Reeder was required to wear the ankle bracelet equipped with global positioning system tracking. He was allowed to attend church, doctor and attorney appointments, and classes at Spartanburg Community College.
Reeder paid $94.50 weekly for the service and had complied with the provisions of his bond until June 6, when officers were alerted the ankle bracelet had been cut. Reeder had been on the run since, until Wednesday's capture.
"We were very fortunate," Wright said. "He's alive, we're alive - life is good at the end of the day."