Friday, March 22, 2013
The man who was mistakenly released from a South Carolina prison Friday remained on the run late Saturday morning, according to Clark Newsome of the Department of Corrections.
Dwaine Johnson Jr., 19 was detained in prison as he awaits trial for two shootings that occurred in Georgetown in 2011.
Newsome said Johnson was being detained at the Georgetown County Detention Center but was moved to a prison after being charged with assault for allegedly throwing urine on a jail officer.
Johnson is accused of being involved in the shooting of the two owners of Szechuan Restaurant on Highmarket Street in Georgetown in August, 2011.
Georgetown Police Capt. Nelson Brown said the two victims of the shooting — Kwok “Daniel” Chung and Rui Mei Dong —were immediately notified of Johnson's release.
Robbery was believed to be the motive of the Szechuan Restaurant shooting. Brown, at the time of the arrest, said Johnson was the triggerman. One shot struck Chung in the chest area. He allegedly shot Dong in the back as she was trying to run out of the room where the robbery was taking place.
The trial date for that incident has not yet been set.
Newsome said he could not comment on the circumstances that led to Johnson’s release because it is under investigation.
Officials say Johnson may be armed and dangerous.
Brown said local authorities and the state are working together to find Johnson. He said a reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest.
Anyone with information should call 911.
We will have updates on this story as they are received.