Aiken manhunt over, suspect in custody

Keith Cunningham
Keith Cunningham

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – A Warrenville, South Carolina man in jail now, after an extensive manhunt in Aiken County.

“He tired to run across Dixie Clay Road and one of our perimeter units took him down, and the bloodhounds came up behind him. So he is in custody,” said Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt.

For hours, this area near Dixie Clay Road was closed-off while bloodhounds, tracking teams and a helicopter was used to search for this 31-year-old Keith Raymond Cunningham.

Investigators say Cunningham stole a red Chevy pickup truck.

Deputies spotted the vehicle on Belvedere-Clearwater Road, but Cunningham refused to stop.

That’s when a car chase started.

At first he was able to get away from the officers by running into the woods, but several law enforcement agencies immediately surrounded the area.

“We want him for 2 counts of Grand Larceny, one contempt of court for failure to appear on a burglary charge, where he didn’t show back up for court,” said Hunt. “A failure to stop for blue lights and sirens, possession of a stolen vehicle.”

Cunningham is also wanted by Tennessee law enforcement for larceny and failure to stop.

Investigators say he wasn’t alone in the stolen vehicle.

Deputies arrested a woman who was riding with him.

“Are you going to be releasing information about the female that was in the car?” Asked NewsChannel 6’s Stefany Bornman.

“I don’t know,” Hunt said. “I don’t know if there is any pending charges on her yet. We are waiting to interview her.”

Cunningham is facing several charges from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, Williston Police and Tennessee law enforcement.

Investigators say more charged could be coming.

Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story. 


AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – The manhunt for an armed & dangerous suspect in the area of Dixie Clay Road and Pine Log Road is over.

31-year-old Keith Cunningham is in custody.

Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story. 


AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – Investigators are currently searching the area of Dixie Clay Road and Pine Log Road for a suspect considered armed & dangerous.

The suspect has been identified as 31-year-old Keith Cunningham of Warrenville.

The search stems from an incident at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning where Aiken County deputies pursued a stolen Chevy Pickup Truck on Belvedere Clearwater Road.

The suspect eluded deputies in a wooded area between Dixie Clay and Storm Branch Roads.

A female suspect, who was also in the stolen vehicle, was taken into custody.

Cunningham is considered armed & dangerous.

Sheriff Michael Hunt says Cunningham has tattoos all over his arms.

At this time it is not known what he is wearing, the sheriff’s office is getting conflicting reports.

He is wanted for 2 counts of grand larceny, 1 count of failure to appear in court for a burglary charge, 1 count of failure to stop and 1 count of possession of a stolen vehicle.

Cunningham is also wanted by Tennessee lawn enforcement for larceny and failure to stop.

The Aiken County Sheriffs Office is being assisted by Aiken Public Safety, North Augusta Public Safety, South Carolina Highway Patrol, Wildlife, State Probation, and SLED.

Bloodhounds are actively tracking Cunningham.

If you spot this man, please contact authorities immediately at 803-648-6811 or 911.

Do not approach him.

As a precaution, Clearwater Elementary, Jefferson Elementary and LBC Middle School have instituted soft lockdown.

Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story. 

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